Edward Henry Potthast was born in Kentucky and studied at the Cincinnati Art
Academy and the McMicken School. He traveled to Europe and studied at art
schools in Munich and in Paris. In the United States he became a member of
numerous artists’ clubs, some of which were the National Academy of Design, the
Fine Arts Federation, the Society of Men Who Paint the Far West and the National
Arts Club. From 1899 onwards, Potthast was awarded numerous prizes from the
National Academy of Design as well as from other clubs and art associations. In
1904, he was awarded a silver medal at the St. Louis Exposition and received
another medal at the Panama-Pacific 1915 Exposition in San Francisco.
While Potthast painted a wide variety of subjects, ranging from still life’s to the
Grand Canyon, his fame today rests upon his beach scenes, which were done
from 1910 until the end of his life. The beach scenes are almost never dated, but
the sitter’s bathing suit and Potthast’s tendency to paint larger figures in his beach
scenes of the 1920s mark this painting as dating from that period.
Signature: Signed on the front, lower left-hand side, “E Potthast”.
About Edward Henry Potthast
American Impressionist Edward Henry Potthast is best known for his radiant summer scenes of beach-goers and sparkling surf. In his early career Potthast painted domestic interiors and landscapes that featured sound draftsmanship, dark tones, and solid unbroken strokes, but his style moved towards Impressionism after a visit to Europe in the 1880s. After he moved from Cincinnati to New York in 1895, Potthast spent summer months at seaside art colonies, including Gloucester, Rockport, and Cape Cod in Massachusetts, and Ogunquit and Monhegan Island, Maine, where he painted harbor views and people at the beach. Back in New York, he would go to Coney Island or Far Rockaway with his easel, paintbox, and a few panels.
American, 1857-1927, Cincinnati, Ohio, based in Cincinnati, Ohio and New York