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Cheyenne Encampment

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Ralph Blakelock, Cheyenne Encampment, ca. 1873, oil on canvas, Gift in memory of Moulton Loyal Andrus, public domain, 1999.15

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Title

Cheyenne Encampment

Artist

Ralph Blakelock (American, 1847-1919)

Date

ca. 1873

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

18 in x 32 in

Collection Area

American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Moulton Loyal Andrus

Accession Number

1999.15

Copyright

public domain

Terms

canvas

landscapes

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

2nd Floor

Anne K. Millis Galleries

Millis Galleries (Central)

Description

Ralph Blakelock's landscape style was highly individual. A loner and a romantic, he based his vision on personal experience, subjective impressions and his own imagination. An extended trip in the West from 1869 to 1872 provided him with images for the rest of his artistic career.

Cheyenne Encampment is one of the few surviving works painted shortly after his return. Though more naturalistic than his later works, light emanates from the core of the composition and casts a golden glow, a hallmark of his later, more romantic style. Blakelock composed his works from actual scenes, but used light and shadow to lend them a poetic sensibility.

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