Richards’s artistic vision encompassed both broad panoramic landscapes and close-up nature studies. This masterful watercolor, an example of the latter, resembles Asher B. Durand’s intimate forest interiors that focus on moss-covered boulders thrust into the foreground of the composition. Like Durand, Richards was devoted to direct observation of geological and botanical details and the belief that God’s presence existed everywhere in nature, even in humble rocks.
- Artist: William Trost Richards, American, 1833-1905
- Medium: Transparent and opaque watercolors over graphite on gray/green, moderately thick, smooth textured wove paper
- Dates: ca. 1877-1878
- Dimensions: Sheet: 10 1/16 x 14 7/16 in. (25.6 x 36.7 cm) (show scale)
- Inscriptions: There is an illegible word written in pencil at top left.
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 53.228
- Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. William T. Brewster through the National Academy of Design
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905). Woodland Boulders, ca. 1877-1878. Transparent and opaque watercolors over graphite on gray/green, moderately thick, smooth textured wove paper, Sheet: 10 1/16 x 14 7/16 in. (25.6 x 36.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mrs. William T. Brewster through the National Academy of Design, 53.228
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)