The History of Art And The Curious Lives of Famous Painters
Ralph Albert Blakelock
American Romanticist Tonalist Landscape Painter
Stylistically influenced by the following painters and movements - Hudson River School,
Education - self-taught
Cause of Death - old age
Blakelock was one of the greatest visionary painters in American art history. His Landscapes are typically luscious and luminous with evocative atmospheric effects featuring misty backgrounds illuminated by moonlight. His palette was minimal, characterized by warm hues of brown, soft greens, gauzy yellows and muted grays. Often when the painter was overcome by depressing and despair his work became decidedly melancholy. His skies are hung with gloom filled clouds looking down upon a landscape scorched by a prevailing sense of doom. The artist stated "What if the clouds one short dark night, hide the blue sky until morn appears When the bright sun that cheers soon again will rise to shine upon earth for endless years."
was drawn to both the natural and spiritual realm. In many of his
paintings the subject matter is never entirely apparent; their is no
effort to communicate a message or narrate a story. Instead of
relating a story, he arranged the color, form, and line into an
intriguing visual poem.
Characteristics and Description of the Tonalist Painting Style and Technique
Tonalism is rooted in the French Barbizon movement, which emphasized atmosphere and shadow. The Tonalist style employs a distinctive technique by the use of color's middle values as opposed to stronger contrast and high chroma. Resulting in a understated and compelling overall effect. The tonalist subject matter is never entirely apparent; their is no effort to communicate a message or narrate a story. Instead of relating a story, each sensitively chosen color, composition, and line is arranged to create an intriguing visual poem.
Principle Painters of Tonalism Movement
Albert Blakelock American,
Important words and phrases associated with the Tonalist movement - obscured details, single-figure themes, the natural and spiritual domain, waking, unconscious states, sleep, dreams, death, aura, religious significance, emotionalism, emotionalists, pictorial space, compositional space, diffused light, incandescent glow, organic forms, artistic inspiration, illusionistic representation, luminous, transcendentalist, glowing, metaphysical, emotional expression, poetic, evocative
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