"Imitation is not inspiration and inspiration only can give birth to a work of art. The least of a man's original emanation is better than the best of borrowed thought!"
Albert Pinkham Ryder
Look at the application of colour in these two paintings ... an 18th century break with painting tradition.
In the images below it is possible to see the amazing influence of Ryder's paintings on successive generations of American artists.
"It is not the shock of recognition that his paintings evoke, but the feeling little children have of being lost and found again in a strange, God-filled world."