Albert Pinkham Ryder
American, 1847 - 1917
The Race Track
Date: circa 1895
Ryder wrote that this painting was inspired by a waiter whom he knew in his brother's hotel, The Albert, who committed suicide after he lost his life's savings on the race track.
This fact formed a cloud over my mind that I could not throw off, and 'The Race Track' is the result.
The race was probably in 1888; the first known record of the painting was circa 1895. Ryder continued to work on it until about 1910.
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