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Dancing Dryads

by 1879 Albert Pinkham Ryder Born: New Bedford, Massachusetts 1847 Died: New York, New York 1917 oil on canvas mounted on fiberboard 9 x 7 1/8 in. (22.8 x 18.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.93 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 6B


Luce Center Quote

“In the morning, ashen-hued,

Came nymphs dancing through the wood.”

Albert Pinkham Ryder, 1881, quoted in Broun, Albert Pinkham Ryder, 1989

Luce Center Label

Many American painters in the nineteenth century painted nature as a classical world of dryads, nymphs, and other imaginary creatures. Albert Pinkham Ryder was inspired by a painting by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot that shows dancing figures in an atmospheric, intimate landscape. In Dancing Dryads, Ryder added many layers of paint and glaze to create a thick, enamel-like surface that emphasized the glowing colors and dreamlike scene. Over time, however, the colors faded and an early restorer actually added the outlines around the figures to prevent them from disappearing into the background. (Broun, Albert Pinkham Ryder, 1989)

Keywords

Landscape - tree

Mythology - classical - dryad

Performing arts - dance

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

fiberboard

About Albert Pinkham Ryder

Born: New Bedford, Massachusetts 1847 Died: New York, New York 1917

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