Pitch Pine, Point Arena, California
Ralph Albert Blakelock
While traveling in the American West, Ralph Blakelock produced more than a hundred on-the-spot sketches, including these drawings of Point Arena and Russian Gulch, sites along the coast north of San Francisco. As is typical of this body of work, he executed each image in pencil and then traced over his graphite line in ink. While forms are described in economical outlines with minimal shading, his animated line—featuring jagged dashes, twists, and loops—foretells the expressive and idiosyncratic nature of his mature art.
Ink and graphite on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream colored wove paper
Sheet (rounded at top): 10 15/16 x 8 1/2 in. (27.8 x 21.6 cm) (show scale)
Signed in ink over graphite, lower right: "Pitch Pine / Pines / Pt. Arena Cal / Blakelock"
Illegible word (artist's notation) inscribed in graphite at upper left
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. Le Grand Beers in memory of Edwin Beers
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Ralph Albert Blakelock (American, 1847-1919). Pitch Pine, Point Arena, California, ca. 1869-1871. Ink and graphite on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream colored wove paper, Sheet (rounded at top): 10 15/16 x 8 1/2 in. (27.8 x 21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. Le Grand Beers in memory of Edwin Beers, 27.17 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 27.17_PS6.jpg)
overall, 27.17_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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