Tuesday, October 12, 2010

countdown to Halloween: Albert Pinkham Ryder

Marsden Hartley's (1877-1943) description of Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917):

"Ryder was so majestic in his grey wools, sweater, skull-cap to match, with a button of wool at the top, and this is the Ryder that we should have had completely recorded. This cap came down to his shaggy eyebrows which were like lichens overhanging rocks of granite, the eyes that they now tell me were brown I thought of course to be blue -- thought them blue probably because blue eyes seem always to be looking over desperate horizons. . . .

Brown eyes then that seemed blue, skating on the far thin ice of labradorean visions.

Visionaries are nearly always summoned to the centers of revelation, and Ryder, being among the first citizens of the moon, became at once prince and serf of this exacting kingdom."

Albert Pinkham Ryder, Moonlit Cove (Moonlight on Beach), early to mid-1880s, Oil on canvas, 14 1/8 x 17 1/8 in., The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Albert Pinkham Ryder, Moonlight, 1887, mahogany panel, cradled, 15 7/8 x 17 3/4 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Albert Pinkham Ryder, Moonlight Marine, 1870-1890, oil and possibly wax on wood panel, 11 1/2 x 12 in., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

(Source for quote and images: Albert Pinkham Ryder by Elizabeth Broun, published by Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., © 1989)

The Waterboys - The Whole of the Moon

Kym Hepworth, moon (gravestone)

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