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BLAKELOCK, Ralph Albert, artist, born in New York City, 15 October 1847. He was educated in the public schools and in the College of the city of New York, being graduated in 1869. In the stone year he traveled through the western states, Mexico, and the West Indies. He has studied his art with no master, but has grown an artist under his own experiments. He has painted landscapes, Indian figures, and moonlight scenes. One of his pictures represents the Ta-vo-kok-i, or circle-dance of the Kavavite Indians. In 1882 he exhibited at the national academy "Clover Me, California, .... Moonlight," and " The Indian Fisherman "; in 1884, "A Landscape," and " On the Face of Quiet Waters "; and in 1885, "Cmnuli." All his works are ideal or creative. Mr. Blakelock's idea of his art is that "the laws of the art of painting are the laws of the creator, as to expression, color, form, unity, harmony, height, depth, tone; when the knowledge is obtained, then we may trust our emotional nature or spirit to create, and then, upon comparison, we find them like nature." He has endeavored to bring out the beauty of a. painting by the treatment of color, "until it seems to flow upon the senses, as some melody."
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