Chauncey Ryder, [Walking on Cape Porpoise, Maine](229 views)
Signed in pencil lower right: "Chauncey F. Ryder". In fine condition aside from very minor toning within matburn.
Chauncey Foster Ryder began to pursue an interest in painting between the ages of ten and twelve. In his early twenties he moved to Chicago for artistic instruction, studying first at the Art Institute and then at Smith’s Academy, where he became an instructor after his first year as a student. In 1901 he moved to France and enrolled in the Academie Julien, under Jean Paul Laurens and Raphael Colin; after two years there, he began to exhibit works at the annual Paris Salon, and showed works regularly there from 1903-1909. At this time he also developed a friendship with American artist Max Bohm, who profoundly influenced his style with his dramatic and moody compositions. 1907 was an important year for Ryder when the prominent New York art dealer, William Macbeth, began to represent him, selling the first of Ryder’s works after only two months of partnership. This was a lifelong business relationship, and Macbeth was responsible for the marketing of Ryder’s painting style, as well as his works, hanging, framing, and even titling the production that poured from Ryder's studio. That fall Ryder moved to New York City and began to show his work both in Paris and in New York, and finally in 1909 he opened a studio in New York. In 1910 Ryder began to travel through New England, the landscape of which provided much of the subject matter for his work. From this point until the end of his life, Ryder’s works gained great popularity due to his consistently recognizable style, what is called his “Ryder green…that was, in part, responsible for the pleasing quality and unique character of his work,”. Ryder began to undertake lithographs, in addition to the drypoint etchings, drawings, and watercolors he already produced, at the behest of Bolton Brown, one of the premier lithographers of his time. These lithographs were shown alongside his paintings at Macbeth’s gallery in New York.
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11 in.
Artist or Maker: Chauncey Ryder, American (1868-1949)
Medium: pencil on paper
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