Moonlit Lake

TitleMoonlit Lake
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions25 1/16 x 30 1/4
Signaturesigned "R.A. Blakelock", in arrowhead, lower left
Current OwnerPrivate Collection
URL of Owner
Dateca. 1880-99
ProvenanceArtist; Mr. and Mrs. David D. Blakelock; Mr. and Mrs. Warren Adelson
Published"The Enigma of Ralph A. Blakelock", 1969, Cat. No. 64; "Ralph Albert Blakelock, 1847 - 1919", 1974, Cat No. 65; "R.A. Blakelock", 1977, Cat. No.23, Cover Illustration; "Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847 - 1919)", 1987, Cat. No. 13, Plate No. 2; "Ralph Albert Blakelock", 1996, p. 112, Plate No. 16
ExhibitedThe Art Galleries, University of California Santa Barbara; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco; Phoenix Art Museum; The Heckscher Museum, Huntington NY; 1969 Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE; New Jersey State Museum, Trenton NJ; 1975 Fenn Galleries, Santa Fe NM; 1977 Richard York Gallery, New York City; 1983 Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York City; 1987
Subject DescriptionThe horizon is placed at the bottom quarter of the canvas. The foreground is very dark but a shallow ground plane is visible at the bottom edge of the picture rising slightly at the right and left corners. A single tall tree rises from the right foreground to a point above center. A smaller tree or group of trees is at the left. The middle distance seems to be a lake whose far shore is very dark and indistinct. A full moon placed in a horizontal drift of clouds is placed at top center.
ConditionWide contraction crackle in landscape up to 2 mm in width. Paint has flowed into crackle which in turn has crackled again, probably due to second layer of paint. Scattered areas of re-paint.
Infra-rednothing of significance
UltraVioletreveals areas of retouching in the sky, and lower right and left.
X-rayThin irregular ground coat applied in a horizontal pattern.
Additional Examination Notes