Chauncey Foster Ryder
(1868 - 1949)

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Along the Siene


Chauncey Foster Ryder was born in Danbury, Connecticut in 1868. Between the age of ten and twelve Foster pursued his interest in painting with study in New Haven, CT. In his early twenties he moved to Chicago for further instruction, first at the Art Institute and then at Smith’s Academy, where he earned the role of instructor after only a year as a student. In 1891 he married Mary Dole Keith, and in 1901 they sold their belongings and moved to France for Chauncey to study in Paris.

1907 was also an important year for Ryder when the prominent New York art dealer, William Macbeth represented him, selling the first of Ryder’s works after only two months of partnership. That fall Ryder moved to New York City and began to show his work both in Paris and in New York. He opened his own studio in 1909.

In 1910 Ryder began to travel through New England, the landscape of which provided much of the subject matter for his work. He and his wife bought “a little house and three acres in Wilton, New Hampshire,” and for the rest of their lives, they split their time between New York City and New Hampshire. Ryder’s works gained great popularity due to his consistently recognizable style, what is called his “Ryder green…that was, in part, responsible for the pleasing quality and unique character of his work.”  Shortly after the purchase of the New Hampshire property, Ryder began to undertake lithographs, in addition to the drypoints, etchings, drawings, and watercolors he already produced, at the behest of Bolton Brown, one of the premier lithographers of his time.  These lithographs were shown alongside his paintings at Macbeth’s gallery in New York.

Ryder died in 1949 in Wilton, New Hampshire.  His work is known today primarily through his oil painting, and it was known and recognized at the time of his death for its “economy of line.”


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