Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847 – 1917) was an American painter born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He spent a lot of time near the sea as a child, and this influence is unmistakable in his later work. Ryder then moved to New York City where he embarked on his professional artistic career. Best remembered for his mysterious, haunting view of solitary ships at sea, his paintings often gave viewers plenty of room for interpretive possibilities through thoughtful use of symbols.
Throughout his career, Ryde was influenced by the Hudson River School and its Romantic ideals of nature independent from civilization’s destruction of it. One of the most popular works from him is “The Race Track” – an iconic painting that captures the power of natural forces over human ones with subtle yet strong imagery.
Next up is “Constance” painted by Ryder in 1896. This artwork celebrates Humanity prevailing at a difficult time claiming Constance House despite natures threatening Dark Clouds gathered overhead. Other notable artworks include “Day and Night,” which experiments with bold contrasting colors to display a significant moment in the life of God’s elect Lady Constance and “The Sea Piece Of 1894,” whose sonar waves dance together with monochromatic blues, grays and whites inspire thoughts of transitory beauty across mutinous seas in turbulent times.