Edward Henry Potthast

Edward Henry Potthast

  • Biography

    Edward Henry Potthast (1857-1927) was active/lived in New York and Ohio. Known for Shorescape genre and landscape painting, illustrations.

    A painter most remembered most for his beach scenes of carefree atmosphere, Edward Potthast was one of the significant 19th-century American artists from Cincinnati, which at the time of his birth was a burgeoning art center and a place of refuge for German immigrants including the Potthast family.

    He first studied at the McMicken School of Design and at the Cincinnati Academy, and then went to Europe briefly before becoming established in his native city as a lithographer and illustrator.

    In 1892, he moved to New York City where he won the Clarke Prize at the National Academy of Design and many other honors. In 1910, he was part of a Santa Fe Railroad sponsored trip to the Grand Canyon that included Thomas Moran. The group spent ten days painting on the South Rim of the Canyon, and this experience was so stimulating to him that he returned to the West several times, developing a tonalist style of painting night scenes.

    Apparently he also traveled to California, as several of his paintings are of Catalina Island according to the book The Enchanted Isle and verified by a resident of Catalina.
    His studio was primarily in New York City, but in 1912, he spent extensive time in Europe where he enrolled in Academies in Munich, Antwerp and Paris. He divided his time between illustrations for Harper's" and Scribner's magazines but later gave up illustration for full time fine art.

    He was an exceedingly private person who died at his easel.

    Docent archives, Phoenix Art Museum, Paper by Lonnie Pierson Dunbier
    Stern, Rose and Siple, Enchanted Isle: A History of Plein-Air Painting in Santa Cataline Island

  • Exhibitions

    Exhibition/Expo: Regional/National/International:

    Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1889
    Louisiana Purchase Expo, St. Louis World's Fair 1904
    Panama Pacific Exhibition of 1915

    Exhibition of Art Association:

    American Watercolor Society, Painters in Watercolor-
    Boston Art Club-
    Lotos Club
    National Academy of Design, New York
    Salmagundi Club, New York City-
    Society of Illustrators
    Exhibition of Museum
    Art Institute of Chicago
    Corcoran Gallery and/or Art School, Washington DC
    Exhibition of Art Gallery and/or Salon
    Paris Salons


    Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
    Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH)
    Cape Ann Museum (Gloucester, MA)
    Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati, OH)
    De Young Museum (San Francisco, CA)
    George Walter Vincent Smith Museum (Springfield, MA)
    Georgia Museum of Art (Athens, GA)
    Hunter Museum of American Art (Chattanooga, TN)
    Lakeview Museum of Arts (Peoria, IL)
    Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City, NY)
    Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts (Springfield, MA)
    Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia (Columbia, MO)
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA)
    National Academy of Design Museum (New York City, NY)
    New Jersey State Museum (Trenton, NJ)
    New-York Historical Society (New York City, NY)
    Orlando Museum of Art (Orlando, FL)
    Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ)
    Snite Museum of Art (Notre Dame, IN)
    Springfield Museum of Art (Springfield, OH)
    The Brooklyn Museum of Art (Brooklyn, NY)
    The Hickory Museum of Art (Hickory, NC)
    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO)
    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
    The University of Michigan Museum of Art (Ann Arbor, MI)
    Ulrich Museum of Art (Wichita, KS)
    Union League Club of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
    University of Wyoming Art Museum (Laramie, WY)

Showing all 5 artworks

Edward Henry Potthast

Portrait of Mr. Merrick
22 x 18 ″ Framed: 26 x 21″ Oil on Canvas $15,000.00

Edward Henry Potthast

Children Playing at the Beach
7.25 x 14.25 ″ Framed: 13 x 20″ Oil on Board $70,000.00

Edward Henry Potthast

Sunny Afternoon
9 x 12 ″ Framed: 14 x 17″ Oil on Board $18,500.00

Edward Henry Potthast

Rockaway Beach
12 x 16 ″ Framed: 18 x 22″ Oil on Canvas $28,500.00

Edward Henry Potthast

Rocky Coast
17 x 20 ″ $47,000.00