Seashore, William Trost Richards
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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 1900: item # 1107374
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|William Trost Richards, Philadelphia, Rhode Island, 1833-1905. This elegant oil on canvas is a classic example for this artist's incredible talent. It is on canvas laid on board , 18" by 20, signed and dated 91, lower right. He was an artist associated with both the Hudson River School and the American Pre-Raphaelite movement. Richards studied in Florence, Rome, and Paris before settling in Germantown, Pennsylvania. He was recognized initially for his landscapes - especially of the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire and southwestern Maine - but turned his attention to the sea beginning in about 1867. A leading artist of the American Watercolor Society, Richards was esteemed for helping lift the medium into higher prominence. The exhibition at the Metropolitan features works representing the entire range of subjects for which Richards was known. Noteworthy among his early works is Palms, a delicate drawing from 1855, which was acquired recently by the Museum. Landscapes from the E. L. Magoon gift of 1880 includes the watercolors Moonlight on Mount Lafayette, New Hampshire (1873) and Lake Squam from Red Hill (1874). Among Richards's luminous and highly realistic paintings of the sea is the watercolor A Rocky Coast (1877). His work is represented in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, St. Louis Art Museum, the Adirondack Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vassar College Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His paintings sell for up to 1.6 Million.|