Edward Henry Potthast

Edward Henry Potthast was an impressionist painter born in the United States of America in Cincinnati, Ohio in the year 1857. He began to study art under the master artist Thomas Satterwhite Noble. He spent two years studying under Noble before travelling to Munich Germany, in Europe where he studied at the Royal Academy located there. This time his mentor was the American artist named Carl Marr.

Edward had finished his apprenticeship with Carl Marr by the year 1885 so he decided to sail back to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he resumed his apprenticeship with Thomas Scatterwhite Noble. Edward did not stay long however, and by the following year he was back in Europe, this time in Paris, France to learn from the eminent painter Fernand Cormon. He remained studying and painting in France with Cormon until 1895 when he again returned to America, this time moving to New York City, New York.

Edward worked as a lithographer for most of his adult professional life. At the age of thirty nine the Cincinnati Museum of Art bought one of his paintings, allowing Edward to focus solely on his career as a painter. While in New York Edward worked doing illustrations for magazines to supplement the income from his painting career. During this period his work was put on display at the Salmagundi Club, the famed National Academy of Design, and the Society of American Artists. His prestige as an artist grew and he won many contests and awards for his work.

By 1908 Edward used the money made by his painting career to buy himself a proper professional art studio in New York. He is best remembered for his landscapes and portrayal of New York City and its surrounding beaches and countryside. Over the course of his career Edward moved more and more towards impressionism, his paintings moving from duller, darker colours, to brighter and more exaggerated colours that are characteristic of the impressionist movement. He died in New York City in 1927.

Some of Edward Henry Potthast's most important and well known paintings are; Happy Days, A July Day, Coney Island, and Summer day, Brighton Beach. His work remained famous and well known after his death and can be viewed in art museums all around the United States.

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