HENRY WARD RANGER(1858-1916)
A leading tonalist landscape painter, Henry Ward Ranger was born in Geneseo and grew up in Syracuse, New York. Ranger was largely self-taught as an artist, but studied at the College of Fine Arts at Syracuse University and in Europe, where he was influenced by the Barbizon painters and the Hague School of Dutch painters. He summered in Old Lyme and Noank, Connecticut, and kept a winter studio in New York City. His discovery of picturesque Old Lyme led to the formation of the art colony there. Ranger’s early paintings were watercolors, but he turned to oils as his career progressed. He was most interested in marine subjects, seasonal landscapes, forest interiors and tree studies. His work was exhibited in the United States and in Paris, and is held among the collections of major museums and galleries across the country.