Henry Ward Ranger. Tonalist Movement.
Brooklyn Bridge, 1899.
Impressed by the Barbizon School landscapes and a Corot he saw in New York, the young artist went to Paris where he was attracted to the works of Millet, Theodore Rousseau, and Adolphe Monticelli; neither the detailed manner of Bastien le Page nor the new Impressionism were of interest to him.
Deeply respectful of the old masters, Ranger improved his technical ability by copying paintings by Constable, Claude, and Hobemma at the Louvre. He spent several important formulative years in The Netherlands studying with the Hague School masters Joseph Israels, the Maris brothers, and Van Gogh’s uncle, Anton Mauve, all artists that he admired for being “the lineal successors of the Barbizon School.” He spent a considerable amount of time sketching with the group at North Laren, Holland.
High Bridge, New York. 1905.
One of the prominent figures in America of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Ranger is considered a leader of the Tonaliste movement.
Two Trees on a Hill (from Sketchbook)
Beginning in 1899, Ranger became a leading member of the artists’ colony at Old Lyme, Connecticut, where a group of painters influenced by the Barbizon and impressionist styles gathered in the summer at the home of Florence Griswold.