Tuck’s Point, Massachusetts, c.1940

by Martha Walter


MEDIUM: Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 24.0 x 30.0 ins/ 61.0 x 76.2 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Martha Walter’ (lower right)

Catalogue No: 6350 Categories: ,

Martha Walter was an American painter best known for her impressionistic depictions of beach scenes, portraits, and landscapes.

The impressionist style lends itself to the dappling of light across the grass, and the charming touches of orange and pink throughout lift the whole composition into the sunny, hazy, and serene. One can’t help but look at this with some feeling of warm nostalgia, transported into this moment, both busy and peaceful, feeling sun on the skin and smelling pine in the air.


Private Collection, United States

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Martha Walter (1875 – 1976) was an American impressionist painter from Philadelphia. She studied art at the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art from 1895–98 and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. She was taught by William Merritt Chase and won various prizes including the school’s Toppan Prize (1902), Cresson Traveling Scholarship (1908) and in 1909 the Mary Smith Prize for the best painting by a resident female artist.

The scholarship allowed her to travel and study in Europe. When she returned to the US, she set up a studio and predominantly painted seascapes. Her collections are held in museums in Chicago, Indianapolis and Washington D.C.

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