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In the Stable

before 1911 Albert Pinkham Ryder Born: New Bedford, Massachusetts 1847 Died: New York, New York 1917 oil on canvas mounted on fiberboard 21 x 32 in. (53.3 x 81.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.97 Not currently on view

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"I have been working to get my paint less painty looking than any man who went before me . . ." Ryder, Wood diary no. 6, August 1896, Wood Papers, Huntington Library, quoted in Broun, Albert Pinkham Ryder, 1989

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Albert Pinkham Ryder painted with a "wet-on-wet" technique, by adding new layers of thick paint and varnish before the previous ones had a chance to dry. This overloaded the work to such an extent that one visitor described his work as a "boggy, soggy, squitchy picture truly," and some paintings are still soft a hundred years later. At one point, In the Stable was covered with a network of cracks known as alligatoring, the worst of which have since been filled by a conservator. The white horse in the image was modeled after Ryder’s horse Charley, which he owned as a child in New Bedford, Massachusetts. (Broun, Albert Pinkham Ryder, 1989)


Animal - horse

Architecture - farm - stable


Occupation - farm - farmer


paint - oil

fabric - canvas