National Academy Museum presents William Trost Richards: Visions of Land and Sea
National Academy Museum presents William Trost Richards: Visions of Land and Sea, an exhibition on view through September 8, 2013.William Trost Richards is regarded today as one of our finest landscape and marine painters of the 19th century. The ground breaking retrospective of the Philadelphia native’s work held exactly forty years ago at the Brooklyn Museum of Art played a pivotal role in setting in motion the current estimation of the artist’s talents and accomplishments. This was the first of many significant exhibitions of Richards’ work that have been organized by the art historian and curator Linda Ferber, whose efforts have played a critical role in blazing the trail for the recognition of his achievements as a painter, watercolorist and draftsman. It is especially felicitous that the Academy’s exhibition is taking place on the fortieth anniversary of the showing in Brooklyn.
This exhibition features approximately sixty works from the National Academy Museum’s permanent collection, the majority of which have never been on public view. In 1954, the estate of Richards’ daughter Anna Richards Brewster bequeathed a group of more than one hundred pictures by the artist to the Academy, which cover every aspect of Richards’ long career. www.nationalacademy.org