Quebec - Henry W. Ranger
( Originally Published 1907 )
IN English critic, Mr. Henry W. Bromhead, in the " International Studio " for August last has hailed the group of American landscape painters as the " rising sun in art." In this group the primacy is assigned to Henry W. Ranger who already had taken the foremost place in the "Tonal" school. Mr. Bromhead says, "Ranger's position has been achieved by his vital force of personality, his sound and workmanlike execution, the opulent color sense, the ability to compose fine patterns, and the definite aim—almost always achieved—of expressing some distinct phase of nature's beauty and poetry.
"His pictures are always worth while ; they are sane, free from tricks and affectations, and manifest an amazing versatility. A marked feature of his work has always been its strong individuality. I have never seen any of his work that could in any circumstances be mistaken for the work of anyone but Ranger himself."
Ranger's reputation is now international, and many of his important productions are finding their way into public and private galleries in Europe. Twenty-five years ago, Ranger first came to Quebec for material for his brush. He was then exclusively a water colorist, but the strongest and most individual of all the men on this continent who used this metier. His Quebec and Crane Island marines and landscapes had a great vogue, but the Artist chafed under the limitations of water colors to express the tonal effects he sought to express, so upon a day he turned to oils, and he has never turned back. After Quebec and Crane Island, Ranger found Berthier-en-haut, and here he painted in spring and autumn for five or six years. The summers were sometimes spent at Cap Rouge for the needed rest and change. While our guest at Ravenscliffe in those summer days, Ranger was occasionally coaxed into making a sketch, and we are the possessors of a number of these delightful bits of his.
No one of the present school of landscape painters has come nearer in sympathy with the poetical side of Nature than Mr. H. W. Ranger, of New York. In his work, we find the same feeling which dominated the old Dutch masters, the great school of Constable and his successors, the Barbizon men.
Mr. Ranger, who was born in the State of New York, began the study of art, first as an amateur. Later on, in the face of much opposition, he adopted painting as a profession. He has lived for several years in Europe, studying the old masters as well as Nature, which accounts for his very individual style. Examples of his work are in some of the most important galleries abroad, such as the Kohler and Fop Smit collections of Holland. His paintings are also to be seen in several English and French galleries. Mr. Ranger is a member of the art committee of the Lotos Club, which possesses several excellent examples of his sympathetic style.
He is an organist of very remarkable ability, a magician of no mean parts, and a delightful conversationalist.
He is the largest stockholder in the great studio building erected some years ago in New York at 25 West 67th St.