Passing Song

  • Albert Pinkham Ryder, Passing Song, before 1902, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.103

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In the mid-1890s, Albert Pinkham Ryder was infatuated with a voice he heard in his apartment building. He found the woman who was singing and immediately asked her to marry him. His friends intervened, saying that the woman was unsuitable, but Ryder immortalized the event by painting images of beautiful women bewitching men with their songs. In Passing Song the sailor wants to approach the woman but is unable to turn his rudderless boat as it drifts away with the current.

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"By a deep flowing river

There's a maiden pale,

And her ruby lips quiver

A song on the gale,

A wild note of longing

Entranced to hear,

A wild song of longing

Falls sad on the ears."

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

Title
Passing Song
Artists
Date
before 1902
On View
Dimensions
8 1/2 x 4 3/8 in. (21.6 x 11.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female
  • Waterscape – boat
  • Literature – Ryder – Passing Song
  • Performing arts – music – voice
  • Landscape – coast
  • Landscape – water
Object Number
1929.6.103
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URL
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