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    Sale 2171

    Important American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture

    20 May 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 40

    Edward Henry Potthast (1857-1927)


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    Edward Henry Potthast (1857-1927)
    signed 'E Potthast' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    16 x 20¼ in. (40.6 x 51.4 cm.)

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    By the 1910s, Potthast had settled into his studio on West 59th Street in New York City, which was in close proximity to the crowded resorts of Brighton Beach and Coney Island. The seashore lent itself to a bold Impressionist treatment; the motion of the surf and the casual poses of people on holiday necessitated Potthast's quick, animated style. In Wading, an effervescent example of one of these compositions, Potthast paints a high horizon line to accentuate the vastness of the bright blue ocean and town beyond. The children are depicted in confident dashes of colors and forms that typify the artist's creative, impressionist style through the use of broad and direct brushwork. The painting's quick brush strokes and vibrant palette perfectly encapsulate the essence of carefree leisure on a summer afternoon.


    Florence O.R. Lang.
    Estate of the above.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1943.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property of the Montclair Art Museum, sold to benefit the Acquisition Endowment Fund


    Montclair Art Museum, The American Painting Collection of the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, 1977, p. 128, illustrated.
    M.S. Kushner, A. Anreus, M. Grzesiak and V. Wageman, Three Hundred Years of American Painting: The Montclair Art Museum Collection, New York, 1989, p. 169, no. 369, illustrated.
    The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, New York: A Magnet for Artists, exhibition catalogue, Tokyo, Japan, 1994, pp. 30, 212, illustrated.


    Tokyo, Japan, The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, New York: A Magnet for Artists, April 14-June 12, 1994.
    Montclair, New Jersey, Montclair Art Museum, Growing UP: Childhood in American and Native American Ninteenth Century Art, September 13, 2003-February 15, 2004.