William Bradford (American, 1823-1892)
Fishing Off Labrador
Signed and dated "Wm Bradford/61" l.r.
Oil on canvas stretched over panel, 18 x 30 in. (46.0 x 76.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Lined, retouch, craquelure.
N.B. William Bradford, one of the preeminent Marine painters of the 19th century, was born and raised near the harbor town of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Against the wishes of his strict Quaker parents, he pursued a career in painting. Initially self-taught, Bradford began to study with Dutch painter Albert Van Beest in the late 1850s, and the two artists frequently collaborated. Starting in 1861, Bradford made a series of trips to Labrador and the Arctic, where he was profoundly influenced by the bright light and vivid colors of the area. By 1868 Bradford had managed seven trips to the Arctic. His paintings of that region contain rich detail in sailing vessels and fishermen while, at the same time, capture the expressiveness of the clouds, water, and ice formations. This rich scenery and atmospheric light remained a constant source of inspiration for Bradford throughout his career.
The original canvas is lined and has been restretched over panel that is backed with a period strainer.
Retouch to fill the craquelure which appears as vertical lines overall and within the "spider web" of smaller craquelure well.
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