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A Rough Surf

William Trost Richards

American Art

Beginning in the mid-1880s, Richards turned his lifelong fascination with the sea to plein air marine studies in oil on small panels specially cut to fit into his sketch box. He produced hundreds of such seascapes, using free, vigorous brushwork to capture the constantly shifting light, atmosphere, and wave formations along various coasts he visited throughout the Northeast and abroad. Although Richards called these studies the “bare bones” for larger studio compositions, he also exhibited them as works of art in their own right.
MEDIUM Oil on composition board
DATES after 1890
DIMENSIONS 8 3/16 x 14 3/8 in. (20.8 x 36.5 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Edith Ballinger Price
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905). A Rough Surf, after 1890. Oil on composition board, 8 3/16 x 14 3/8 in. (20.8 x 36.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Edith Ballinger Price, 75.12.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 75.12.1_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 75.12.1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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