December 5, 2021 14:00 EST

American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists Featuring the Collection of Virginia and Stuart Peltz

 
Lot 27
 

27

Martha Walter (American, 1875–1976)
A Day at the Beach (with various pencil sketches verso)

Signed 'Martha Walter' bottom left, oil on board
14 x 18 in. (35.6 x 45.7cm)
Executed circa 1918.

Provenance

The Estate of the Artist (no. #7).
David David Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, New York.
Acquired directly from the above.
Private Collection, New Jersey.

Sold for $44,100
Estimated at $40,000 - $60,000


 

Signed 'Martha Walter' bottom left, oil on board
14 x 18 in. (35.6 x 45.7cm)
Executed circa 1918.

Provenance

The Estate of the Artist (no. #7).
David David Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, New York.
Acquired directly from the above.
Private Collection, New Jersey.

Note

Impressionist Martha Walter was born in Philadelphia in 1875. She was a student at the University of the Arts, as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she studied under William Merritt Chase. While at the Academy, she received the prestigious Cresson Scholarship, which allowed her to travel to Europe to continue her education. She visited Spain, the Netherlands, and Italy, before enrolling at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in France. When World War I broke out, Walter returned to the United States and began painting plein-air subjects such as Ellis Island, the fishing village of Gloucester, as well as portraits of children. She received many awards throughout her long career (she died at 101), and her work is still visible in the permanent collections of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, as well as the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Her intimate depictions of women (often mothers) and children is what she is best known for today. Such themes earned her great critical acclaim early on in her career, as well as financial success and as such, she frequently returned to them. In that regard, A Day at the Beach is a quintessential example of Walter's inimitable talent. Rendered in her typical impressionistic style and vivid palette, it perfectly captures, in the shortest and quickest dabs of paint, the world of delicacy and gentle sophistication that Walter was a part of. The oil was painted at the height of the artist's fame, and feature the artist's characteristic female figures at leisure, among family members, on the beach. The work conveys a sense of vitality and energy. Specifically, it showcases Walter's love of contrasts between soft, pastel-like hues (see the ladies' delicate rosy hats and cardigans scattered on the beach), and the deep, bright colors surrounding them, as exemplified by the distinct black swimsuits worn by the figures at upper left and bottom right corners.

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Martha Walter