Walter Elmer Schofield, Morning Tide-Coast of Cornwall

Walter Elmer Schofield: Morning Tide-Coast of Cornwall (c. 1920) Oil on canvas
Morning Tide-Coast of Cornwall
c. 1920
Oil on canvas
Credit Line
Gift of the Estate of the artist through Mrs. Herbert Phillips, 1952
50 x 60 in.

Born into an affluent family that immigrated to the United States from England in the nineteenth century, Schofield was raised in Philadelphia and divided his time between Cornwall and Chestnut Hill. Throughout his career, he found inspiration in the qualities and conditions of the Pennsylvania and English landscapes. He painted onsite in all kinds of weather but finished his paintings in the studio. Made two years after the end of World War I, Morning Tide presents us with a scene in which humanity is absent, but nature’s power and beauty endure.

Schofield graduated from Central High School and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), working with Thomas Anshutz. There he studied alongside artists Robert Henri, John Sloan, and William Glackens, with whom he maintained a lifelong friendship. He attended the Académie Julian in Paris and spent two years absorbing the lessons of modern French painting. He won many awards and exhibited nationally and internationally. His work is in private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, PAFA, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Woodmere, among others.

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