American Masterpieces from Dryads Green Gallery
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Artist Name:     Chauncey Foster Ryder Artist Dates:         1868 - 1949
Painting Title:      
The Old Mill
Painting Date:      Undated
Medium:              
Oil on Canvas
Signature:            
Signed Left Center
Provenance:         
Private Collection
Condition:           
Excellent
Size Unframed:     16 x 20
Frame Condition: 
Antique Hand-Carved
Artist Best Price:   $42,000
Offered At:           
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Curator's Comments: While pure impressionism persisted into the early postwar period, new directions (but still non-abstract) had been declared as early as the thirties by Stevens, and Chauncey Foster Ryder. Stevens (and Coppedge in Bucks County) used fauvism as a theme to create a  muscular but childlike American post-impressionist style. Ryder favored a personalized Orientalist technique that became all his own and is well recognized—not only for its soft wash, but for his grey-green pallet, which gave rise eventually to the term “Ryder Green.”

One viewer whom we showed his
Old Mill painting to complained that the roof line sagged. Of course anyone who knows New England’s 18th-century structures would recognize that the weight of the central chimney and its hearths created a dip in the roof line as the building settled on its none-too-strong foundation. But that is not the point—what Ryder was doing was transforming his mill—perhap’s Swains Mill as he called it in a watercolor sketch—into a pagoda with upturned roof! We have provided a view of Japan’s Golden Pagoda to emphasize just this point. And don't miss the bands of color in the stream with their subtle but exact mirroring. Ryder believed that his beloved New England (primarily the Wilton, New Hampshire area) possessed a natural ecology most akin to Asian understanding as in the works of his favorite Hokusai.

Ryder (1868-1949) studied at the Art Institute of Chicago (1891); Smith’s Art Academy; and at the Academie Julian, Paris with Jean Paul Laurens (1901) and with Raphael Collins. He was an Academician (1920) of the National Academy and was an active member of the Salmagundi Club; National Arts Club and the American Water Color Society. He maintained studios in both New York and New Haven, along with his residence in Wilton, and he was associated with the painting community at Old Lyme. Ryder and his bride of 1891, Mary Dole Keith, also painted in France up to the first war, along with close friend the American painter Max Bohm, who had also worked under Laurens.

It’s no wonder that Ryder is represented by three works in the Smithsonian. He is also 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; and the Museum of Modern Art. His first major award came in 1907 at the Paris Salon (for
Les Amies) 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. He also received awards at the Panama-Pacific Exposition and the Paris 1937 International Exposition. We are very proud to offer what we think is one of his best works.
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto
Hokusai in New Hampshire
Note the  palette and treatment of the brook--sold for $19,000 in 2004.
The Artist, ca. 1925
Ryder's The Old Road to Frameston    exceeded $20,000 in 2005.
And We Just Acquired Another Ryder Masterpiece
Artist Name:   Chauncey Foster Ryder Artist Dates:         1868 - 1949
Painting Title:      
Montgomery Road
Painting Date:      Undated
Medium:             
Oil on Canvas
Signature:            
Signed Left Center
Provenance:        
Private Collection
Condition:           
Original
Size Unframed:     28 x 36
Frame Condition:  
Antique
Artist Best Price:   $42,000
Offered At:            
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Ryder's Montgomery Road does it all over again with its blaze of yellow--giving the New Hampshire autumn a transcendental perfection. We couldn't resist this one--because the attraction here is lasting--and we think we are looking at a value opportunity that will more than double in the future.   
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