William Bradford’s Ship Trapped in Pack Ice (c. 1871)

William Bradford, Ship Trapped in Pack Ice

William Bradford, Ship Trapped in Pack Ice, c. 1871

This painting by William Bradford, known for painting marine scenes in the Northern Atlantic, is now on view in the exhibition American Places: Painting the Landscape in the Nineteenth Century.  Bradford painted Ship Trapped in Pack Ice after traveling to the Arctic region several times.  The boat looks small among the ice floes and mountains, and the people disembarking and on board are just small dabs of paint.  Imagine you are one of the ship’s passengers: What do you smell, hear, and taste?  How do you react to your surroundings?

By Allison Fricke (Friday, October 4, 2013)

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