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    WILLIAM BRADFORD (American, 1823-1892)
    Martha's Vineyard, circa 1860s
    Oil on canvas
    6 x 10 inches (15.2 x 25.4 cm)
    Signed with conjoined initials lower right: WBradford

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    PROVENANCE:
    Spanierman Galleries, New York, December 5, 1997.

    This extraordinary mid-19th century painting of the coast of the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard by William Bradford is astonishingly modern in appearance and conception. Studying the particulars of the island's topography from the vantage point of a ship off the coast, Bradford created an almost minimalist composition of horizontal bands of color--sea, sand, trees and sky--with a palette that resembles that of Fairfield Porter.

    Beginning in the 1860s, shortly after the death of his friend and artistic mentor, Albert Van Beest, with whom he often collaborated on marine paintings, Bradford began a series of trips to Nova Scotia, Labrador, and Greenland, to paint and photograph the Arctic region. These artistic endeavors became a consuming interest. He also published a book in London titled The Arctic Region, which he vividly illustrated with photographs pasted onto the page and he gave lectures accompanied by lantern slides of his paintings which earned him wide international recognition. Like this painting of Martha's Vineyard, Bradford's style was more realistic than impressionistic, and his composition was strong and clear.


    More information about WILLIAM BRADFORD, also known as Bradford, William, William Bradford.

    Condition Report*: Lined canvas. Under UV examination there are some dots of fluorescing inpaint in the region of the middle sky as well as a few scattered spots in the upper sky. Signature appears dark under UV. Framed Dimensions 12.25 X 16.5 Inches
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