Ralph Albert Blakelock

Ralph Albert Blakelock


Nationality: American

Birth Place: New York state (United States)

The son of a New York doctor, Blakelock attended the Free Academy of New York where he studied music and fine art. He left after only one year to paint landscapes and traveled west, sketching various themes throughout Mexico, Panama, and eventually the West Indies. There are no clear records of Blakelock's life or travels, but he returned to New York around 1876. Having adopted the radically new Impressionist style, Blakelock was so far ahead of public taste that he was unable to sell any of his work. He, his wife, and their nine children lived in abject poverty as he desperately tried to make a living selling his art. He was eventually committed to a mental institution after a long decline into mental illness and delusion. It was not until his downward spiral that Blakelock garnered recognition for his extraordinary paintings. By 1913, he had become one of the most famous artists in America. That same year one of his works sold for $13,900, which was the most ever paid for a living artist's work in America at the time.


Ralph Albert Blakelock Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
Ralph Albert Blakelock (American, 1847-1919) Indian Encampment Oil on panel 15-1/4 x 25 inches (38.7 x 63.5 cm) Sign
Ralph Albert Blakelock (American, 1847-1919)Indian EncampmentOil on panel15-1/4 x 25 inches (38.7 x 63.5 cm)Sign...
Lot 68081
Auction 5251
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Ralph Albert Blakelock (American, 1847-1919) Reflections Oil on canvas laid on board 10-1/4 x 12 inches (26.0 x 30.5
Ralph Albert Blakelock (American, 1847-1919)ReflectionsOil on canvas laid on board10-1/4 x 12 inches (26.0 x 30.5 ...
Lot 68080
Auction 5251
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Ralph Albert Blakelock (American, 1847-1919) Forest Interior Oil on canvas 42 x 30 inches (106.7 x 76.2 cm) Signed l
Ralph Albert Blakelock (American, 1847-1919)Forest InteriorOil on canvas42 x 30 inches (106.7 x 76.2 cm)Signed l...
Lot 68077
Auction 5251
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Ralph Albert Blakelock (American, 1847-1919) Encampment at Sunset Oil on canvas 9 x 15 inches (22.9 x 38.1 cm) Signe
Ralph Albert Blakelock (American, 1847-1919)Encampment at SunsetOil on canvas9 x 15 inches (22.9 x 38.1 cm)Signe...
Lot 68079
Auction 5251
Saturday, May 7, 2016
RALPH ALBERT BLAKELOCK (American, 1847-1919) Sunset Landscape Oil on board 5 x 6 inches (12.7 x 15.2 cm) Signed lowe
RALPH ALBERT BLAKELOCK (American, 1847-1919)Sunset LandscapeOil on board5 x 6 inches (12.7 x 15.2 cm)Signed lowe...
Lot 64458
Auction 5096
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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