Jack Van Ryder

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Jack Van Ryder (July 7, 1899 – March 23, 1967) was born near Tucson, Arizona in a town called Continental. He spent his early years driving cattle in the American southwest, painting backdrops on Hollywood back-lots and serving in the military. Self-taught, Ryder's soft pastels colored paintings captured the dusty bruding southwestern twilight skies. Jack van Ryder's exhibitions included the Gainsborough Galleries and the Montross Gallery in New York. Ryder died of a self-inflicted gunshot would on March 23, 1967.


  • McCracken, Harold, A Distinguished Collection of Western Painting, 1956.
  • Meigs, John. The Cowboy in American Prints, 1972.

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