It was in France where Martha Walter established herself as a plein air Impressionist. In 1903 she traveled to Paris to begin classes at the Académie Grande Chaumière and the Académie Julian. Yet with her teachers’ blessing she was granted a special dispensation and allowed to pursue her studies out of doors in the French Countryside. Walter shared a studio with several other young American women and remained in France until the outbreak of World War I, producing many of her most important works in her very independent and unique Impressionist style. Martha Walter returned to the United States at the outset of World War I and was compelled by the artist colony of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The artists living and painting in the charming New England fishing village represents a roster of the most gifted American Impressionists that were working in the United States. Martha Walter would return to Gloucester frequently, along with Cape Ann, Coney Island and Atlantic City for the remainder of her life. She died in 1976.
Passageway, North Africa, watercolor on paper, 11 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches
Village, North Africa, watercolor on paper, 10 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches
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