Image: The Afterglow
(New York, 1847 - 1919, Elizabethtown, New York)

The Afterglow , undated

Oil on fabric mounted on fiberboard
21 1/2 in. x 35 1/4 in. (54.61 cm x 89.54 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin J. Hanlon
After an 1869 trip to the American West, Blakelock frequently depicted the wilderness and scenes of Native American life.  He achieved the dark tones in this work by combining pigments with a thick, tar-like substance called asphaltum.  A number of American painters of the period used this demanding material (which never dries completely) because seventeenth-century Dutch painters such as Rembrandt used it to create shadows and deepen the tone of their works.

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