EDWARD HENRY POTTHAST
American, New York, 1857-1927
Oil on Canvas, Titled in Script Verso
Signed "E Potthast" l.l.
Housed in a 22K Custom Giltwood Frame
Museums: 27, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Art Institute of Chicago; Brooklyn Museum
Books: 107, including Edward Henry Potthast (1857-1927): An American Painter (Smith-Hurd);
Edward Henry Potthast 1857 to 1927 (Jacobowitz);
Edward Henry Potthast: More Than One Man (Patricia Jobe Pierce)
Periodicals: 14, 11 in American Art Review
Provenance: Private Collection, Rockford, Illinois
To be included in the forthcoming Edward Potthast catalog raisonne
Image Size: 16”H x 20”W
POTTHAST, Edward Henry (1857-1927)
Birth place: Cincinnati, OH
Death place: NYC
Addresses: NYC, c.1892-on
Profession: Landscape painter, illustrator
Studied: McMicken School Design, 1869, 1873, 1879-82 and 1885-87; a lithography apprentice to Ehrgott Krebs Co.;
Antwerp, 1882; Munich, 1882 and 1887; with Cormon in Paris, 1887
Exhibited: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Annual, 1895-1927; National Academy of Design, 1897-1927, 1899 (prize);
Boston Arts Club, 1896-1909; Paris Salon, 1889-91; Art Institute of Chicago, 1896-1925; American Watercolor
Society, 1901 (prize) 1914 (prize); Salmagundi Club, 1904 (prizes), 1905 (prize); Corcoran Gallery biennials, 1907-23 (8 times);
Pan-Pacific Expo, San Francisco, 1915 (medal)
Member: Society of American Artists, 1902; Associate National Academy, 1899; National Academy, 1906; American
Watercolor Society; New York Watercolor Club; Salmagundi Club, 1895; Lotos Club; Allied Artists of America;
Cincinnati Art Club; Painters & Sculptors Gallery Assn.; New York Society of Painters.
Work: Cincinnati Art Museum; Brooklyn Institute Museum; Hackley Art Gallery, Muskegon, MI; Art Institute of Chicago.
Comments: Potthast is best known for his Impressionist beach scenes featuring women and children playing in the surf.
After studying in Paris, he settled in NYC, working as an illustrator for Harper"s and Scribner"s (many of his subjects
were Africa American). In the mid 1890s, he turned seriously to painting figures, landscapes, and seascapes. Around
1914, he began to exhibit the beach scenes for which he became so well known. Executed in bold brushwork, they were
painted along the New England coast, often at the artists' colonies at Rockport, MA, or at Ogunquit, ME.
Sources: WW25; Cincinnati Painters of the Golden Age, 92-93 (w/illus.); Fink,
American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons, 382; Falk, Exh. Record Series.
This biography is drawn from the "Who Was Who in American Art" , the reference book on the cultural life in the United States.
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