Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center to Show Artist’s Close Studies of Nature

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STANFORD, CA.- Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents 75 drawings, watercolors, and small oil studies made during the 50-year career of one of America’s most famous landscape artists. The exhibition “William Trost Richards—True to Nature: Drawings, Watercolors, and Oil Sketches at Stanford University” opens June 23 and continues through September 26, 2010. “The works on view in this exhibition are highlights from a collection of nearly 250 artworks by Richards, inherited in 1905 by his youngest son and eventually given to the Cantor Arts Center in 1992 by M. J. and A. E. van Löben Sels. When Richards died, the artworks in his studio were divided among his five children. Each cluster contained luminous watercolors of the sea and shore, drawings in pencil and pen-and-ink, sketchbooks with highly refined drawings, and small oil studies that essentially surveyed the artist’s career,” explaine