The Signal Fire

  • Ralph Albert Blakelock, The Signal Fire, 1885-1890, oil on wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the family of Grace Strong Twining, 2001.74

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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.

Title
The Signal Fire
Artist
Date
1885-1890
On View
Dimensions
14 x 10 in. (35.6 x 25.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the family of Grace Strong Twining

Mediums Description
oil on wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – time – night
  • Landscape – celestial – moon
  • Ethnic – Indian
  • Figure male – knee length
  • Landscape – phenomenon – fire
Object Number
2001.74
Palette
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