Artist Spotlight: William Trost Richards

We are continuing the celebration of Earth Month here at Fine Art Miracles and this week we are looking at an artist whose works showcase the power and beauty of water. Over 70% of the Earth is made up of water with the oceans holding about 96% of all Earth’s water. With it making up so much of our planet it seemed only right to highlight an artist who is notable for his shoreline paintings.

Born in 1833 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania William Trost Richard started his career at the young age of 17. Between 1850 and 1855 he studied part-time under a German artist and had his first public exhibit in 1858 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Despite being associated with the Hudson River School, Richards rejected the romanticized and stylized approach of Hudson River painters. In his later years, his works were almost exclusively of marine watercolors many of which are now in the collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Trost’s later works of marine watercolor are what he became most known for. In these paintings it’s amazing how he can capture both the calmness and stillness of water but also the power of it. He’s an incredible artist and we were so excited that we could feature him this month during Earth Month!

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