Walter Elmer Schofield, 1935
Cornish coast Eng. 1935
From ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART
Walter Elmer Schofield was a landscape painter associated with the Pennsylvania impressionists. Known for his virile, or vigorously masculine, style of painting, Schofield specialized in snow scenes, painted in Bucks County and other locales in the Delaware River Valley, as well as marine landscapes often painted in Cornwall, England. A strapping outdoorsman who stood 6'4", Schofield generally painted outdoors, en plein air, savoring even the bitterest winter weather.
Although Schofield's early landscapes were soft and romantic, featuring muted greens, grays, and browns in a tonalist manner, his mature work was characterized by bold realism and impressionism. These paintings are vibrant, exulting in the energy of coursing, frosty streams, while showing bold colors, and broad, thick, heavy brushstrokes. Schofield divided his time between the United States, where he was based in the Philadelphia area, and Cornwall, in England, where his wife Muriel and their children resided. Schofield descended from an illustriously creative family; his mother, Mary Wollstonecraft Schofield, was the grand-niece of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the author of Frankenstein.
( The James A. Michener Art Museum)
Trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA from 1889 to 1892, Schofield studied with Thomas Anshutz, the famous student of Thomas Eakins. Schofield became associated with the circle of the American realists including artists such as Edward Redfield, Everett Shinn, Robert Henri, George Luks, and others. Additionally, Schofield attended the weekly meetings of the Robert Henri studio as well as studied abroad.
Schofield studied art at the Academie Julian in Paris and later, after marrying his British born wife Muriel Redmayne, settled in the artist colony of St. Ives, Cornwall, England. This art colony was known for following the tradition of plein aire landscape painting. Schofield produced American landscape paintings in and around New Hope, PA and he was acquainted with the members of the New Hope artist colony. His most well known American landscape paintings are those which were produced in the region of the Delaware River and Canal from circa 1925 to 1940.
His best known English landscape paintings were produced from about 1901 to 1940.
The Clearing Storm
Schofield won many awards during his lifetime, including two gold medals from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, three awards from the National Academy of Design, and the National Arts Club among many others.
His work is in the permanent collections of some of the worlds most prestigious institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Luxembourg Museum in Paris, James A. Michener Art Museum and the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute, among others. (gratzgallery.com)