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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:            CALL
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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
, perhaps 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.
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The Artist, ca. 1925
Hokusai in New Hampshire
Note the  palette and treatment of the
brook--sold for $19,000 in 2004.
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto
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:             CALL
And We Just Acquired Another Ryder Masterpiece
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.   
Ryder's The Old Road to
Frameston
   exceeded $20,000 in
2005.