Oil on canvas, 15" by 19" and 2" wide frame, bearing the signature in red at lower right "R.A. Blakelock". This American 19th century painting has been examined in person by noted Blakelock expert Dr. Norman Geske of Lincoln, Nebraska, and has been assigned to Category IV, meaning that it cannot be considered to be the work of the artist. Blakelock was widely copied during and after his lifetime, so paintings are always subjected to careful scrutiny before they are accepted in major auctions. I'm offering the work as a competently executed old American painting of the nineteenth century, with some of the mesmerizing qualities for which Blakelock's works were known. Its surface is showing very heavy craquelure, for example, which was typical of Blakelock's technique---because he so diligently reworked his canvases. There are some chips of paint missing, showing as light blue areas, and there are two parallel horizontal splits in the canvas at lower center, near the horizon line. I think if these flaws are touched up, the result will be an attractive painting, a conversation piece, and an affordable alternative to a real Blakelock, which would set one back thousands of dollars. I'm only allowed nine photos on Ruby, which makes it hard to tell a complicated story such as the story of this particular work, so, email me for more images and description. See the net for much, much more on the famous American artist Ralph Albert Blakelock. .
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