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Object ID Number SAM 1955.53
Object Name Painting
Artist Ranger, Henry Ward
Title American Landscape
Date 1899
Culture American
Copyright Public Domain
Credit line Museum purchase
Exhibit Label Henry Ward Ranger was a landscape painter from New York. He was inspired by the work of French Barbizon painters Millet and Corot, finding common ground in their melancholy and moody landscapes. In the late 1890s, he founded the Lyme Art Colony in Old Lyme, Connecticut, inviting a bevy of artists to travel outside of the city to paint, socialize and enjoy nature. These artists were fairly united in their use of limited, moody colors, and therefore referred to as Tonalists. Ranger left the Colony in 1904; Childe Hassam had moved in and was inspiring all of the resident artists with his bright palette and vigorous personality, qualities that helped to usher in American Impressionism.

About his own work, Ranger once said, “I would like to get into my pictures of this region a little of the love I feel for those who made it. As for me, a landscape to be paintable must be humanized. All landscapes that have been well painted are those in which the painter feels the influence of the hand of man and generations of labor.”
Medium Oil Paint/Canvas
Material Canvas/Paint
Image size H 17 3/4" x W 25"
Signed Name "HW Ranger, 99
"H W Ranger 99" in black paint
Signature Location Lower Left Corner
Currently on view Yes
People Ranger, Henry Ward
Subjects Landscape