Portrait of Cora Bailey (Mrs. Ralph Blakelock)

by Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847–1919)
Oil on canvas
20⅜ x 16¼ inches
Signed lower left: R. A. Blakelock

Artist Biography



ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, in the backwoods of Upstate New York, he languished in a mental institution as his paintings began to break American records. So great was his fame that at an auction in the Plaza Hotel ballroom the total realized for his paintings exceeded the totals for the Monets, the Rembrandts, the Renoirs, the Pissarros, and the Botticellis.

Forever true to his own vision, he lived in abject poverty in the years before he was institutionalized, and even then he never ceased painting, pulling out his own hair for brush bristles and using tobacco juice to augment the meager

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