"The combination of Denman Ross’s cohesive color palette, paired with his soft brushstrokes, make for an imaginative perspective on this maritime setting. This work is a perfect example of how he became well-known by his contemporaries for his explorations in color theory. I’m left questioning his process when I see elements like his choice to use a light umber as his initial underpainting color. It contrasts so much with his overall arrangement, yet somehow works together so well with the cool blues and purples."
-Gabe Chevalier, Gallery Assistant
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Denman Waldo Ross is best known for his portraits and landscapes, many of which depict foreign scenes inspired by his wide-ranging travels to France, Spain, Italy, Egypt, and Mexico, among other places. He also explored and painted sites closer to home, including Martha’s Vineyard and towns along Cape Cod, as well as York, Maine. Although not specifically located, A Dock bears a date of 1894, coinciding with several coastal scenes of York now in the collection of the Fogg Art Museum, which leads one to consider the southern Maine town as a possible setting for this vibrant painting.
Private collection, Duxbury, Massachusetts
(verso of board in pencil) Property of / Mr. + Mrs. Robert C. Vose Jr.
1). (stamp) From / Vose Galleries / of Boston, Inc. / 238 Newbury St.
2). (typed on piece of paper) 34. A DOCK / Denman Ross (1853-1935) / Oil on Board / Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Vose, Jr. / Cahoon Museum 1989