The American Expansiveness — American Waters Exhibition at National Academy Museum

There are eight works by William Trost Richards. It is unusual to see an artist with such a caliber of mastering colors (as shown in his painting “Coastal Scene” in 1862) depicted aquatic scenery with an almost puritanical restrain. In his marvelous watercolor works such as crushing waves or white masts under stormy clouds, nothing would be associated with romanticism like those done by Thomas Moran. The simplicity and clarity in his marine works has a factual tendency, which I found is very enchanting. If Charles Temple Dix found the beauty of seas from the excitement of traveling, then Richards praised rocks and waves that he owned and lived with with unassuming sincerity. [Read More…]