Worth Ryder Painting Saddlebag Lake
14.75 in HIGH x 10.25 in WIDE
(37.46 cm HIGH x 26.03 cm WIDE)
Gift of Karl Kasten

frame, mat, glass
signed bottom left corner

This is a watercolor and ink painting on paper. The composition shows a three-quarter profile of the back of a man sitting on a hill at center in the image. The man appears to hold a rectangular piece of paper, and he is surrounded by small containers. A large tree appears along the right side of the composition, and mountains are visible in the background at center right.

Excerpt from letter by Karl Kasten (see object file):"April 29, 2010 / Philip Linares, Chief Curator of Art / Oakland Museum of California / Subject: Donation of "Saddlebag Lake" by Worth Ryder and "Worth Ryder Painting Saddlebag Lake" by Chiura Obata. / Both works were done in 1927 when the two men were camping at Tioga Pass in the Sierras. The Ryder painting is important as an early example of abstract expressionism. Ryder had recently completed studies with Hans Hoffman in Germany and this influenced his interpretation of the lake scene. The Obata painting is notable as it records his first visit to the high Sierras, an area which remained important to him throughout his life..."

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