Beyond Madness: The Art of Ralph Blakelock, 1847-1919 by Norman A. GeskeBeyond Madness: The Art of Ralph Blakelock, 1847-1919 by Norman A. Geske

Beyond Madness: The Art of Ralph Blakelock, 1847-1919

byNorman A. GeskeForeword byPeter H. Hassrick

Hardcover | December 1, 2007

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This book, featuring the life and works of Ralph Blakelock, situates him in the context of American art. Representing over twenty years of study and the examination of several thousand works attributed to him, Beyond Madness reveals the unusual nature of Blakelock’s life story as it offers clear parallels to his painting.
 
Largely self-taught and supported by few patrons, Blakelock regularly struggled with the financial pressures of supporting his nine children and pursuing his art. Called both brilliant and doomed, and institutionalized on and off for the last decade of his life, he nonetheless created some of the most beloved—and some of the most frequently forged—paintings in the American canon. As in the author’s own time, modern assessments of his work are often colored by notions of Blakelock the man, leading to a paradoxical legacy of suffering and hope, obscurity and prominence. Taking Blakelock’s art on its merits, Beyond Madness stands as a testament to the indefatigable spirit of art scholarship as well as a tribute to the artist and his enduring passion for the creative process. It finally casts new light on the life and character of Blakelock and on the nature of the incomparable art he contributed to the American tradition.

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Norman A. Geske was involved in the creation of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and served as its director until his retirement in 1983. He was instrumental in creating the Museum of Nebraska Art at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center at the University of ...

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Title:Beyond Madness: The Art of Ralph Blakelock, 1847-1919Format:HardcoverDimensions:227 pages, 10.33 × 7.27 × 0.69 inPublished:December 1, 2007Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803222076

ISBN - 13:9780803222076

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Table of Contents

Image quality disclaimer
List of illustrations
Foreword
Preface
The Artist in His Time
The Artist in His Work
The Artist’s Method
Some Final Thoughts
Nebraska Blakelock Inventory
Endnotes
Appendices
Bibliography
Index