Edward H. Potthast

(1857-1927)

Edward H. Potthast studied intermittently at the McMicken School of Design between 1869 and 1887. He also worked as a lithography apprentice before traveling to Munich and Paris. When he returned to America he settled in NYC and worked as an illustrator for Harper's and Scribner's. In the 1890s, Potthast became serious about painting the figure. He was also inspired by several trips out West that allowed him the opportunity to paint landscapes with Tonalist qualities in his night scenes. His best known works however, are Impressionistic beach scenes of women and children playing in the surf. His bold brushwork describes the rocky New England coastline very accurately. Potthast died in 1927.