Mary Ann Monley, Administrator of Volunteer Services and Tours Speaking on W. Elmer Schofield’s Devon Countryside
My name is Mary Ann Monley. I am the Administrator of Volunteer Services and Tours. My choice for the It Came from the Vault exhibit is Walter Elmer Schofield’s Devon Countryside.
I have always been attracted to the Impressionist painters and particularly to the Pennsylvania Impressionists. Their use of color, light, shadows and thick application of paint always draws me in makes me want to be in the places that they painted.
Considered one of the finest of the Pennsylvania Impressionists, Walter Schofield was known for his rugged portrayals of the hills and woodlands around New Hope, Pennsylvania and for his equally powerful depictions of the Cornish seacoast. He was born in 1867 in Philadelphia to English parents and began his art career studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He also studied in Paris at the Academie Julian. His main interest was in painting the countryside whether it be in France, England or Pennsylvania. His fellow artists and friends were Edward Redfield, Robert Henri and William Glackens.
In 1897 Schofield married an Englishwomen and they moved to England in 1901. They lived in Cornwall and thereafter the artist would spend winters in America painting in Pennsylvania, upstate New York and New England. During the 1930’s he also made painting trips to Arizona, New Mexico and California.
Walter Schofield died in Cornwall in 1944. Although largely forgotten in the years after his death, his reputation has since been revived as scholars and curators have given increasing attention to American Impressionism and its importance.
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