The Setting Sun

TitleThe Setting Sun
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions20 x 34
Signature"R.A. Blakelock" lower left
Current OwnerToledo Museum of Art
URL of Owner
CityStateToledo, OH
ProvenanceArtist; Colonel William P. Roome, through Silas S. Dustin to Frederick S. Gibbs, New York, 1901; Thomas R. Ball, New York, 1903, sold American Art Association, March 14, 1919, lot 142, repr. (titled Summer Moonlight); Robert C. Vose; Arthur J. Secor, 1919-1922
ExhibitedLotus Club, New York, Paintings by Ralp Albert Blakelock from the Gibbs Collection, 1902, no.18; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 100th Anniversary of the birth of Blakelock, 1947, no. 22
Subject DescriptionTrees framing view, lake or river middle distance center, distant hills very vaguely defined. Sun at approximate center of canvas, vaguely seen in general golden tonality of sky.
ConditionSerious bitumen deterioration throughout dark areas, areas pigment at top simply opened up, lines of "slide" or run at lower left. Painting of foliage at lower right dissolved in sliding movements of pigment.
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