Martha Walter

Martha Walter


Nationality: American

Philadelphian Martha Walter applied an Impressionist palette and active brushwork to exuberant, people-filled landscapes in Coney Island, Atlantic City, Gloucester, the French and Adriatic Coasts, and Northern Africa. She studied with William Merritt Chase at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, appropriating his plein-air technique and winning numerous prizes, including a two-year traveling scholarship to Europe. In Paris, she briefly trained at the Académie Julian before returning to New York in 1912. Walter's beach scenes from this period, from Coney Island to Gloucester, underscore her facile handling of color - broad expanses of light sand broken by saturated, bright pigments in bathing suits and umbrellas - and her preference for black accents and vigorous brushstrokes.

During the 1930s, Walter traveled throughout North Africa and along the Dalmatian Coast, where she painted bustling street life. Today Walter's paintings can be seen at the Musée du Luxembourg, Paris; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Art Institute of Chicago; Detroit Institute of Arts; and Toledo Museum of Art.


Martha Walter Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
MARTHA WALTER (American, 1875-1976) Market Place, Dalmatian Coast Oil on canvas 20 x 27-1/2 inches (50.8 x 69.9 cm)
MARTHA WALTER (American, 1875-1976)Market Place, Dalmatian CoastOil on canvas 20 x 27-1/2 inches (50.8 x 69.9 cm)...
Lot 64302
Auction 5096
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
MARTHA WALTER (American, 1875-1976) Sunday at the Beach Oil on board 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed lower ri
MARTHA WALTER (American, 1875-1976)Sunday at the BeachOil on board16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)Signed lower ri...
Lot 70216
Auction 5174
Saturday, May 10, 2014
MARTHA WALTER (American 1875-1976) Flowers from My Studio Window, Gloucester Oil on canvas 26in.x 21in Signed lower righ...
MARTHA WALTER (American 1875-1976) Flowers from My Studio Window, Gloucester Oil on canvas 26in.x 21in Signed lower righ...
Lot 23503
Auction 620
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
MARTHA WALTER (American, 1875-1976) Youth and Wisdom, The Three Shepherds Oil on canvas 35-3/4 x 40 inches (90.8 x 10
MARTHA WALTER (American, 1875-1976)Youth and Wisdom, The Three ShepherdsOil on canvas35-3/4 x 40 inches (90.8 x 10...
Lot 68159
Auction 5198
Monday, November 17, 2014
MARTHA WALTER (American, 1875-1976) Morning at Shinnecock Oil on canvas 20 x 18 inches (50.8 x 45.7 cm) Signed lower
MARTHA WALTER (American, 1875-1976)Morning at ShinnecockOil on canvas20 x 18 inches (50.8 x 45.7 cm)Signed lower...
Lot 63126
Auction 5002
Friday, November 21, 2008

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