Ralph A. Blakelock (1847-1919)

  • Ralph A. Blakelock (1847-1919)
  • White House with Rainbow
  • Oil on canvas
  • 6 x 12 inches
  • Signed and dated 1867, lower right

Ralph Albert Blakelock was born in New York on October 15, 1847. He originally planned to follow in his father’s footsteps and enter the medical profession; however, he soon decided to abandon his medical studies in order to pursue painting. Blakelock was largely self-taught, but he did undergo a few semesters of rigorously academic artistic training at the Free Academy of the City of New York. His drawing teacher there, Hermann Koerner, was comically referred to as ‘points in space’ because of his insistence upon perfectly orchestrated perspective.[1] The lessons Blakelock learned in draftsmanship and spatial design never left him; indeed, even his most mystical and expressive paintings are notable for their carefully wrought compositions and perspectival accuracy.

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Ralph Albert Blakelock White House with Rainbow, 1867
Ralph Albert Blakelock White House with Rainbow, 1867 unframed