The Coast of Labrador

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

1866

Artist:

William Bradford
American, 1823–1892

About this artwork

William Bradford devoted the bulk of his career to painting Arctic scenes like The Coast of Labrador. Rendered in minute detail and suffused with light, the artist’s Arctic compositions share stylistic motifs with John Frederick Kensett’s Luminist views of the Rhode Island coast. Bradford first traveled to Labrador between 1854 and 1857; it was not until 1861, however, that the region became his main source of inspiration. He returned to Labrador repeatedly over the next eight years. Signed and dated 1866, this painting probably derives from a number of sketches he accumulated during an 1865 journey, and it attests to Bradford’s interest in the diverse light effects and rocky landscape of the Arctic.

On View

American Art, Gallery 174

Artist

William Bradford

Title

The Coast of Labrador

Origin

United States

Date

1866

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed and dated lower right: "Wm Bradford/1866"

Dimensions

72 × 113.3 cm (28 3/8 × 44 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund

Reference Number

1983.529

Extended information about this artwork

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