Edward Henry Potthast (American, 1927)

Edward Henry Potthast (American, 1857–1927) enrolled at the age of 12 at the McMicken School of Design. By his twenties, showing great promise in lithography and painting, he travelled to Antwerp and Munich. During his time in Europe, he visited Paris, where he was exposed to and heavily influenced by French Impressionism. Upon his return to the United States, Potthast soon became recognized as one of the leading American Impressionists. Executed in cool-toned colors, his paintings of outdoor scenes display an interest in the effects of color and light. His best-known works are sunny coastal beach scenes of women and children, several of which earned prizes at the National Academy of Design and the American Water Color Society.

Timeline

1857
Born: in Cincinnati, OH
1869–1881
Studied at the Cincinnati's new McMicken School of Design under Thomas Satterwhite Noble, Cincinnati, OH
1882–1885
Studied at the Royal Academy with Carl Marr, Munich, Germany
1885
Studied one month at the Julian Academy, Paris, France
1895
Moved to New York, NY
1899
Won the academy's Thomas B. Clarke prize for best figure painting
Was elected an associate of the academy
1906
Beacame a full academician
1927
Died: in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2009
Gallery Selections, Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY
2001
Edward Henry Potthast, American Impressionist: Selections from the Gross Family Collection, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL (solo)
1897
The National Academy of Design, New York, NY
1896
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The National Academy of Design from 1897.
1894
Light Pictures, The Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
1889
Paris Salon, Paris, France