Several years ago I was planning a painting that had big rock cliffs and crashing waves, and went googling for technique inspiration. I found an artist I’d never heard of – William Trost Richards. He’s been one of my favorite landscape artists ever since. Look at these, they’re watercolors! He worked in oils as well, but his watercolor and gouache works are what really get me excited.
There are more great, huge digital images of Richards’s work on the Met’s website here.
Richards had a business setup that many artists would envy – his wealthy patron George Whitney financed Richards’ travels, and in gratitude for Whitney’s financial support Richards sent tiny watercolors, often around 3×5 inches (the two of them called the tiny paintings “Coupons“). There are 110 of these, and they’re now owned by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and are collected in the book A Mine Of Beauty: Landscapes by William Trost Richards.
Amazing artist, I didn’t know him. The first watercolor/gouache of the set you shared is stunning. I am looking forward to research and learn more about him.
Yeah, he’s incredible! Enjoy!
Loving these images! Working in watercolors is so hard for me, beautiful paintings to have for lanscape reference. Thanks for sharing!