Charles Fromuth, ‘The Storm’, 1908, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
overall: 33 x 46 cm (13 x 18 1/8 in.)

Image rights: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

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About Charles Fromuth

Charles Fromuth referred to himself as a “painter in pastel.” After he emerged from the Pennsylvania Academy and the tutelage of Thomas Eakins, Fromuth moved to Brittany, France, where he would emotively and obsessively depict ships in the harbor and at sail. By 1905 he was concentrating solely on pastel, depicting the fluid qualities of air and water and the reflection and distortion of light by atmospheric conditions. He also drew on James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s design sense, often using acute angles of view and cropping his compositions to produce complex patterns and striking rhythmic motifs. He won numerous international awards and was referred to in his day as the leading pastelist in the world.

American, 1858-1937, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania