Walter Launt Palmer American (1854-1932)

Walter Launt Palmer  American (1854-1932)
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Walter Launt Palmer  American (1854-1932)
Snowy Landscape
Watercolor on paper
Condition: Excellent condition, examined outside of frame. Recently framed and matted.
17 x 23 inches (sight size)
27 x 32 5/8 inches (framed)
Signed (l.l.): W L PALMER
 
Walter Launt Palmer was a native of Albany, New York. His career as an artist spanned a number of different styles. Initially, in the early 1870's, he studied with the renowned Hudson River School painter Frederic Church who is known for his dramatic, luminous, large landscape paintings. His style changed again when he studied in Paris under Carolus-Duran in the mid-1870's with exposure to the Tonalism of the Barbizon School. Ultimately French and American Impressionism and Post-Impressionism exerted the greatest influence on Palmer's paintings, although in paintings like Snowy Landscape there is the Hudson River School's celebration of nature as well as the delicate tonal modulation of color. 
 
Palmer became known as The Painter of Snow. He felt that, "Snow, being colorless, lends itself to every effect of complement and reflection". Clearly he never tired of the possibilities that the subject allowed. Contemporary accounts relate how even while his easel was set up at his summer home on Rocky Neck, the famed artist's colony in Gloucester, Massachusetts, he would be working on his winter scenes. 
 
Palmer received the coveted Hallgarten Prize for his painting January from the National Academy of Design in 1887 and gold medals at the Philadelphia Art Club in 1894 and the Boston Art Club the following year. He was friends with Robert Blum, William Merritt Chase, John Singer Sargent and John Twachtman and his paintings are found in leading collections - private and public - throughout the United States.   
Literature: Watercolor illustrated in Walter Launt Palmer, Poetic Reality, by Maybelle Mann, pg. 66.
Item ID: WoA-WoP-WC 054