Four of these moonlit scenes are in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum: Moonlight, With Sloping Mast and Dipping Prow, Flying Dutchman, and The Lover’s Boat.
|The Lover's Boat (ca. 1881)|
In splendor rare, the moon,
In full-orbed splendor,
On sea and darkness making light,
While windy spaces and night,
In all vastness did make.
Seeing a Ryder painting reproduced online or in a book is in no way a substitute for seeing one in person. Broun discusses the often sculptural qualities of his work and how this was achieved:
|The Flying Dutchman (by 1887)|
|With Sloping Mast and Dipping Prow (ca. 1880-1885)|
--Nicole Semenchuk, Research and Scholars Center, American Art Museum