In the Stable

  • Albert Pinkham Ryder, In the Stable, before 1911, oil on canvas mounted on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.97

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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)
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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

In the Stable
before 1911
Not on view
21 x 32 in. (53.3 x 81.3 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums Description
oil on canvas mounted on fiberboard
  • Architecture – farm – stable
  • Figure
  • Animal – horse
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