Portrait of the American painter Albert Ryder

Portrait of the American painter Albert Ryder, 1915
Kahlil Gibran
Red chalk

Gibran had long admired the work of Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847–1917) and on hearing that Ryder had visited one of his exhibitions (at the Montross Gallery, New York in December 1914), decided to write a short prose-poem dedicated to Ryder in thanks. This piece, lightly corrected by Mary Haskell and privately published, was Gibran’s first published work in English. The two men struck up a friendship and by the middle of March 1915 Gibran had made two drawings of Ryder.

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