In the Surf

In the Surf

c. 1910

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Edward H. Potthast

(American, 1857-1927)

Oil on panel

Overall: 31.8 x 40.7 cm (12 1/2 x 16 in.)

Gift of Virginia Rose Glidden and family and Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 2001.41.a



Born in Cincinnati, Edward Potthast studied for several years in Munich, where he developed a tendency to work in the dark earth tones of the so-called "Munich style." In the late 1880s, however, his exposure to Impressionism in Paris turned his interest toward the effects of light and atmosphere upon color and form. Armed with this new approach, Potthast returned to the United States, set up a studio in New York City, and by the 1890s had gained a reputation for his New York beach scenes. In time he began spending summers along the coast of New England and Maine. There he studied the carefree seaside activities of bathers and picnickers. Although he never married, he was particularly fond of painting young mothers and their children.
This oil sketch is a fine and representative example of Potthast's work. A second oil sketch, Beach Study, is on the reverse side of the panel (see photo).
The painting is in its original frame.

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