|Moonlight, Indian Encampment, 1889, Ralph Blakelock|
Yet, like Van Gogh in France, at about the same time, Blakelock could not stop painting. And, even though supplies were scarce, his output did not diminish. Often reduced to painting on cardboard, fragments of window shades, or wallpaper, he continued to create his beloved landscapes. Strangely enough, after a time, his work began to attract critical attention and purchases. With this came an increase in prices and ironically, a virtual flood of forgeries. It has been documented that there are more Blakelock forgeries, than originals. He was released from the mental insitution in 1916. He died a year later.