Albert Pinkham Ryder (American 1847-1917) oil on canvas, "Marine – Boat at Sea," circa 1893-94. Depicts a lone boat cutting through murky and choppy waters against a darkening sky. Signed in red paint, lower left "A. P. Ryder". Grand Central Art Galleries, Inc. label conserved on back. Original giltwood and composition frame with egg and dart, anthemion and beaded moldings. Sight: 11 3/8" H x 17 1/4" W. Framed: 18 1/2" H x 24 1/2" W. Provenance: The artist circa 1893-1894; Henry Augustus Lukeman (sculptor who completed Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial outside Atlanta, GA), NY, circa 1905; Grand Central Art Galleries, NY; Conrad H. Smith, 1930; By descent to Raymond C. Smith (son), Detroit, 1953; DuMouchelles Galleries (Raymond C. Smith Trust Sale), Detroit, to present consignor. Documentation that accompanies this lot includes original correspondence from Henry A. Lukeman to Grand Central Art Galleries, original correspondence from Grand Central Art Galleries to Conrad H. Smith, both dated in April, 1930, plus original correspondence between Conrad H. Smith and Grand Central Galleries between September, 1945 and January, 1946. The painting was conserved by Leonard E. Sasso, Conservator, South Salem, NY. The frame is original to the painting and was conserved by Eli Wilner & Company of New York. The painting was radiographed by the Elise S. Hass Conservation Studio, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on September 16, 1996. Note: This lot is accompanied by more extensive documentation than we are able to picture in the online catalog. Please call or email for additional scans of pertinent information. Biography: Albert Pinkham Ryder is regarded as one of America's most influential and imaginative artists, yet also one of the most eccentric and least prolific. He was born in the whaling center of New Bedford, Massachusetts, where many of his ancestors were mariners. Ryder studied with William Edgar Marshall before being accepted into the National Academy of Design in New York; he eventually became associated with the more progressive artists who formed the Society of American Artists in 1877. He won a silver medal at the Pan American Exposition in 1901, and ten of his paintings appeared in the Armory Show. His work is in several museum collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the National Gallery and National Museum of American Art in Washington. Condition: See description. Painting conserved in 1995. All documentation included. Condition: See description. Painting conserved in 1995. All documentation included.
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