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    WILLIAM TROST RICHARDS (American 1833 - 1905)
    Rough Sea, 1891
    Oil on linen on panel
    20-1/4 x 40in.
    Signed and dated lower left

    PROVENANCE:
    Private Collection, Dallas, TX;
    William E. Johnson Fine Art, Dallas, TX;
    Private Collection of a Texas Family

    Famous for his virtuoso paintings of dramatic seascapes, William Trost Richards is associated with both the Hudson River School and the American Pre-Raphaelite movement. He studied privately in Philadelphia before taking the Grand Tour and training in Dusseldorf with Emmanuel Leutze and Albert Bierstadt. Influenced by Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites, Richards strove towards a naturalistic style and began painting en plein air. He actively exhibited his works and was a member of the National Academy and several other societies. As he matured, Richards's style increasingly incorporated elements from his early artistic influences, particularly the Ruskinian and Pre-Raphaelite emphasis on naturalistic detail and clarity. The scale of his paintings began to increase, as he focused on depicting the dramatic clash of land and sea. This work probably portrays a coastal view near Newport, Rhode Island, where the artist permanently settled in 1890. With its green-gold palette, tight handling, and luminous sensibility, Rough Sea is characteristic of Richards's mature seascapes.



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    Auction Dates
    November, 2006
    9th-10th Thursday-Friday
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