New York art dealer William Macbeth’s successful handling of Ryder’s business affairs allowed the artist to fully concentrate on the expressive landscape painting for which he became most known. Rather than capture the minute details of a place, Ryder enjoyed interpreting the poetic nature of the scene before him. As a contemporary critic noted: “Mr. Ryder…has sensed the right proportion between the real and the unreal, between detail and vagueness. Noticeable in all his paintings is the simplicity and balance of his composition – a harmony of colors in which there is no disturbing note – a delicate adjustment of strength and tenderness.”
 Mr. Sidney C. Woodward, Christian Monitor, 1922 (see American Art & Antiques, September-October 1978, “Chauncey Foster Ryder: Peace and Plenty,” by Ronald G. Pisano.
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These characteristics are embodied in On the Cambridge Road, painted sometime after 1922 when the artist’s New York address changed to 171 West 12th Street. Eschewing the impulse to record each tree branch, rock or blade of grass, Ryder opts to use spirited brushwork and broad swaths of color to render the qualities of light and atmosphere witnessed on a tranquil New England day, as clouds sweep across the sky. According to the Comenos Fine Arts label, the landscape may have been painted in New Boston, New Hampshire, a small town about ten miles north of Ryder’s summer home in Wilton.
Comenos Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
To private collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts
(verso of wood panel backing in ink) ON THE CAMBRIDGE / ROAD
1). (old artist’s label) 8038 / On the Cambridge Road. / Chauncey F. Ryder / 171 West 12th Street / New York
2). Grand Central Art Galleries, Inc. / 15 Vanderbilt Avenue / New York 17, N.Y. / A 8542 / A5 / Artist: Chauncey Ryder / Title: On the Cambridge Road 1/39 / Price (blank) Size 22/28 / Bin No. (blank)
3). Comenos Fine Arts, Boston, MA / Chauncey Foster Ryder / (American, 1868-1949) / “On the Cambridge Road” / (New Boston New Hampshire) / signed lower left: Chauncey Foster Ryder / oil on canvas / actual size: 22 x 28 in. / framed size: 32 x 38 in. / Provenance: Grand Central Art Galleries, Inc. / New York, N.Y. (label verso)