Moonlit Cove (c. 1911) by Albert Pinkham Ryder

Moonlit Cove - Ryder, Albert Pinkham - c

Artwork Information

TitleMoonlit Cove
ArtistAlbert Pinkham Ryder
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions14 x 17 in. (35.5 x 43.2 cm)
Art MovementTonalism
Current LocationPhillips Collection, Washington, DC, US
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About Moonlit Cove

Albert Pinkham Ryder was an American painter who produced the iconic work “Moonlit Cove” in 1911. This painting features a solitary boat gliding across a moonlit sea and exemplifies Ryder’s unique style. The painting has romantic elements that transcend time and boundaries, from its ethereal atmosphere to the thoughtful composition of its elements. As expected from a master such as Albert Pinkham Ryder, this piece was praised by critics for perfectly capturing the spirit of the sea at night.

Another iconic piece by Ryder is called ‘Moonlight Marine.’ This 1908 artwork includes a few figures shrouded in darkness in contrast to the gleaming waves of the sea, offering a completely different vision of aquatic life as seen through Ryder’s romanticism. Much like “Moonlit Cove,” this painting also highlights how artist used to explore emotion and surrealism.

Both “Moonlit Cove” and “Moonlight Marine” demonstrate Albert Pinkham Ryder’s masterful approach to romanticism with his dreamy depictions of painterly landscapes and figures under faint light radiating from stars or moon or both. These pieces represent some of his most influential works that capture emotion and captivate viewers with its beauty and power.

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