Western American Painting By Ralph Decamp/montana Canyon-native American Indians For Sale
Early Montana Landscape with Native Americans
Ralph Earl DeCamp
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Very fine and early painting of a group of Indians traveling through a Montana canyon at sunset,
by well-known Western American artist, Ralph Earl DeCamp (1858 - 1936).
Oil on canvas laid onto board.
Signed by the artist, lower right:
R.E. DE CAMP
Undated but circa 1890 - 1910.
Mounted in an old worn gold-painted frame.
Painting - 7.75" x 10.75" / Frame - 11.5" x 14.5"
This painting depicts a group of Plains Indians traveling up through a canyon in Montana, late in the day as the sun is setting in the distance. Three of the Native Americans are riding on horses and it appears that a woman is walking behind the lead horse and rider, which is pulling a loaded travois. The Indian in the center appears to be holding a spear or lance.
Although the location of the scene is not noted on the painting, it may be near the Yellowstone River, at the large rock formation known as the 'Seven Sisters'.
Ralph DeCamp lived in Montana, was a friend of Charles Marion Russell, and painted many landscapes of the region, however his paintings depicting Native Americans are rare. Although a small work, this piece is arguably on of his best views including Native Americans and is a moving and historical view.
The composition, brushwork, and colors are all quite fine and DeCamp really caught the feeling of the landscape and native inhabitants.
This painting is in good original condition with no damage. However, it does need a cleaning which will lighten up and brighten the colors.
The frame is in poor condition and may, or may not, be original to the work itself. Although it looks good on the painting and displays it well, the frame will need to be restored or replaced.
This painting is fresh to the market, having been purchased from an old San Francisco area estate recently.
Ralph Earl DeCamp
Ralph DeCamp was born in Attica, New York in 1858. Today, he is most remembered as a Montana landscape painter, muralist, illustrator and photographer. DeCamp spent his childhood near Milwaukee where he studied art with W.A. Sydaten. In 1871 the family moved to Minnesota where DeCamp operated a threshing business while painting and teaching.
When his wife died, he studied art at Pennsylvania School of Art in Philadelphia from 1881-1882. Then in 1885 DeCamp was commissioned by the Northern Pacific Railroad to paint Yellowstone National Park. Sternfels said that the “Northern Pacific did for Ralph DeCamp what the Great Northern did for John Fery,” and that offices and stations of those two railroads could “rightfully be called Montana’s first art galleries.”
DeCamp returned home to Minnesota by way of Prickly Pear Valley in Montana. The scenic possibilities of this region prompted him to move to Helena, Montana the following year. Hear he worked as a draftsman for the Interior Department, and with Charlie Russell organized the Helena Sketch Club. Russell is quoted on DeCamp’s landscapes as “that old boy can sure paint the wettest water. You can hear the rivers ripple.” DeCamp also met and became friends with Edgar Paxson.
In 1912 and 1927 DeCamp was commissioned to paint landscape murals for the Montana Capitol. He was also a noted photographer. Much of his sketching and photography was done on the Hilger Ranch. The glass plates have since been donated by Dan Hilger to the Montana Historical Society.
Today DeCamps work can be found at the C.M. Russell Gallery and in many private collections. He is one of Montana’s most noted early landscape painters.
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This item will be a museum quality addition to any collection of Western American Art and will display beautifully in any Montana, Western or Ranch stye, Modernist, Rustic, or Arts and Crafts decor.
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