Blakelock, Ralph at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
U.S. painter. Born in New York City, he studied at CCNY but was self-taught as an artist. He developed a highly original and subjective style of landscape painting, characterized by luminous impasto images of moonlit scenes with nocturnal lighting and strangely dappled trees and foliage. Neglected by the public and constantly under the strain of poverty, he suffered a breakdown in 1899, ceased to paint, and spent the rest of his life in an asylum. During his confinement he achieved some fame, and forgeries of his work became common as his popularity continued to rise.