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Chauncey F. Ryder

New England Landscape
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches

Chauncey F. Ryder

(American, 1868-1949)

Chauncey F. Ryder is one of America's most preeminent artists of the early 20th century who established his own unique style of post-impressionism. He was a painter, etcher, lithographer and illustrator who had studios in New Haven, CT, Chicago, New York City and Wilton, NH. He is best known for barren landscapes of New England.

Ryder studied at the Art Institute of Chicago (c. 1891); Smith's Art Academy; Academie Julian, Paris with Jean Paul Laurens (1901) and with Raphael Collins in Paris. He was an Associate (1915) and an Academician (1920) of the National Academy and was an active member of the Salmagundi Club; National Arts Club; Lotos Club; Allied Artists of America; American Water Color Society; Chicago Society of Etchers and the New York Water Color Club. His first major award came in 1907 at the Paris Salon and during his career he won gold medals at the National Academy, American Water Color Society, the National Arts Club; the New York Water Color Society, the Baltimore Watercolor Society and many more. Ryder painted at Monhegan Island, Paris, Wilton (NH), the coasts of Maine and Massachusetts, and he painted gigantic, dynamic figural scenes of World War I throughout Europe.

Ryder is represented in the permanent collections of over 50 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art; Baltimore Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art; National Portrait Gallery; National Academy of Design; Carnegie Art Institute; Museum of Modern Art and more. He is primarily known for his sparsely painted expansive landscape in which few figures appear. For Ryder, nature reigned supreme.

Ryder is best known for his serene and tranquil landscapes that are desolate and oftentimes barren. Being highly influenced by the Expressionists, after his return from Europe he began to broaden his impressionistic brushwork and minimize brushstroke in order to express the sense of a place with as few lines as possible. His unique brushwork and beautiful designs are identifiably as "his artistic signature."