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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Dwight Primiano.
Title:

Landscape


Artist: William Trost Richards (1833 - 1905)
Date: ca. 1863-1864
Dimensions:
23 1/2 × 33 1/2 in. (59.7 × 85.1 cm)
Framed: 34 1/2 in. × 44 1/4 in. × 4 in.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2008.4
On View
Accession Number: 2008.4
ProvenanceGiles E. Castillon, Philadelphia, PA, by 1864; (Thomas Colville Fine Art, LLC, New Haven, CT); purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2008
Label TextWilliam Trost Richards carefully described and differentiated every element of nature with nearly scientific accuracy in Landscape. As a member of The Society for the Advancement of Truth in Art, Richards was inspired by the British art critic John Ruskin’s call to uncover divine significance in the smallest elements of nature. Further, scholars have suggested that the bucolic, peaceful, and intimate nature of this painting offered viewers a respite from the harshness of the Civil War, which was still raging.
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