Charcoal drawing, image dimensions 24 x 17 inches
Signed and dated lower right: "A.L. Ripley / 1921"
Framed with dark lacquer and gold metal leaf molding, archival, linen-wrapped mat, and glazed with non-reflective, ultra-violet protection Museum Glass; framed dimensions 32 x 25 1/2 inches
American artist, Aiden Lassell Ripley (1896-1969) was born in the small town of Wakefield, Massachusetts. At a young age Ripley began his innate interest in the outdoors as well as the arts. He began his formal art education at the Fenway School of Illustration in 1914. Ripley joined the army for two short years during World War I, but was discharged soon after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. He continued his educational career at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, where he received the Paige Traveling Scholarship. During his travels abroad, Ripley became an avid environmentalist. He continued to explore his love for painting and drawing through his depictions of sporting, landscapes, and wildlife scenes. When studying Ripley’s works, one can recognize the development of his brush strokes as well as his ability to see and depict the essence of his subject with a free, offhand style. His technical effortlessness, along with his adroit sensitivity to design, led to Ripley’s high regard in sporting work. This en plain-air style enables his works to convey a specific freshness and spontaneity that exceeds most of his contemporaries.