Edward Henry Potthast (1857-1927): chances are, you’ve seen one of his impressionistic beach scenes featuring women playing with their children by the water and wearing long skirts from the turn of the century in lieu of bathing suits. Walking the shore with beach umbrellas in hand and sun hats atop their heads, these women are a picturesque addition to the water that serves as the backdrop to Potthast’s iconic paintings.
Starting his foray into art at an age almost as young as the children in his beach scenes, Potthast started training at Cincinnati’s new McMicken School of Design when he was only twelve. By the time he was twenty-four, he was departing to complete a grand tour of Europe, where he would study under a variety of established artists, including Polydore Beuafaux and Charles Verlat in Antwerp; he also studied for a short period at the Academie Julian in Paris, marking the conclusion of his trip abroad. It was in Europe that he encountered the works of French Impressionists, and there, too, that he began developing his style as an artist based off of the techniques he was exposed to abroad.
The swift strokes and light color palate of the impressionist style lent themselves well to waves and human figures on the beach, and after returning from Europe, Edward Potthast moved to New York. There, he would take summer trips to Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Far Rockaway, equipped with his easel and paints, braced to capture the familial scenes on the shore.
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