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The Essex Canal

A work made of oil on canvas mounted on board.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas mounted on board.


c. 1896


Albert Pinkham Ryder
American, 1847–1917

About this artwork

Albert Pinkham Ryder was one of the most innovative artists of the late 19th century, creating reductive, yet expressive compositions out of thick, slowly worked paint, combined with glazes, varnishes, and unconventional materials. In The Essex Canal, a waterway faintly meanders from the green-hued foreground to a skim of blue along the horizon, with an expansive sky beyond. A younger generation of American artists celebrated Ryder as an important early modernist, who pushed toward abstraction and focused on the arduous process of painting itself as instrumental to one’s creative vision. Ryder’s reclusiveness only added to his intrigue and mythic status as an artist ahead of his time.

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Arts of the Americas, Gallery 177


Albert Pinkham Ryder


The Essex Canal


United States


c. 1896


Oil on canvas mounted on board


41.3 × 52.1 cm (16 1/4 × 20 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Geist

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