Artist Biography

Walter Elmer Schofield

(1867 - 1944)

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    A major influence on American Impressionism, Walter Elmer Schofield was an important member of the New Hope School in Pennsylvania. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, likely under Thomas Anchutz (1851–1912), where he befriended contemporary talents like William Glackens (1870–1938), John Sloan (1871–1951), Robert Henri (1865–1929), and Edward Willis Redfield (1869–1965). In the early 1890s, Schofield attended the Académie Julian in Paris and traveled in Europe, during which time he became enamored with French Impressionism. After his return to Philadelphia in 1895, he attended weekly meetings at Henri’s studio with his peers before continuing his travels in England, France, Belgium, and Holland.

    Beginning in 1897, Schofield began to produce local snow scenes of the Pennsylvania countryside. After marrying a British woman near the turn of the century, Schofield split his time between Cornwall, England and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with visits to the American West as well. He received awards from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Paris Salon, the National Academy of Design, the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, and many others. His work is found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Art Institute of Chicago, and Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others.

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