Edward Henry Potthast (1857-1927)
Edward Henry Potthast (1857-1927)

The Bathing Beach

Edward Henry Potthast (1857-1927)
The Bathing Beach
signed 'E Potthast' (lower left)
oil on panel
8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm.)
Private collection, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc., New York.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1981.
D. Burrell, "The Mildred Warner House: American Art, American Spirit," Southern Accents, November-December, 1985, p. 65.
New York, Salmagundi Club, Thumb Box Exhibition, n.d.
(Possibly) Peoria, Illinois, The Peoria Art Guild of Lakeview Center for the Arts and Sciences, Exhibition of Paintings: Edward Henry Potthast, June 28-August 20, 1967, p. 29, no. 41 (as Wading in the Surf).
Sylacauga, Alabama, Sylacauga Art Museum, February 24-March 24, 1982, on loan.
Birmingham, Alabama, Birmingham Museum of Art, American Masterpieces from the Warner Collection, January 30-March 29, 1987.
South Bend, Indiana, South Bend Art Center, American Masterpieces from the Warner Collection of Gulf States Paper Corporation, December 9, 1989-February 4, 1990, p. 30 (as Wading in the Surf).
Montgomery, Alabama, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Impressions of America: The Warner Collection of Gulf States Paper Corporation, June 18-July 28, 1991.

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Lot Essay

This work will be included in M. Ran’s forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work.

In the late nineteenth century, hoards of New York working class families frequented nearby beaches, such as Coney Island or Rockaway Beach, to escape from their crowded apartments and factory buildings and relax in the sunshine. The Bathing Beach exemplifies Edward Henry Potthast's interest in depicting these working class families at leisure, as well as his arresting stylistic hybrid of French Impressionism and American Realism. In true Impressionist style, Potthast has captured in The Bathing Beach the essence of a fleeting moment of working class life in vibrant color and adroit, bravura brushwork.

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