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The Signal Fire

1885-1890 Ralph Albert Blakelock Born: New York, New York 1847 Died: Elizabethtown, New York 1919 oil on wood 14 x 10 in. (35.6 x 25.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the family of Grace Strong Twining 2001.74 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 6B


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Ralph Albert Blakelock traveled the American West between 1869 and 1872 to sketch landscapes and native peoples. After he returned, he continued to paint western images inspired from the trip. In The Signal Fire a glowing moon rises above an American Indian perched on the edge of a cliff. The fire, crackling away below him, sends waves of wispy smoke in the air, possibly signaling someone on the tip of the mountain in the distance.

Keywords

Ethnic - Indian

Figure male - knee length

Landscape - celestial - moon

Landscape - phenomenon - fire

Landscape - time - night

painting

About Ralph Albert Blakelock

Born: New York, New York 1847 Died: Elizabethtown, New York 1919

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