Martha WALTER (American, 1875-1976) ~ Still Life ✿

Martha Walter (1875 – 1976) was an American impressionist painter born in  Philadelphia. She studied art at the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art from 1895–98 and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. She was taught by William Merritt Chase. She won the school's Toppan Prize (1902) and Cresson Traveling Scholarship (1908).
In 1909 she also won the school's Mary Smith Prize for the best painting by a resident female artist. Using the Cresson scholarship she traveled to Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and France. In the 1930s, Walter traveled to North Africa and began to paint the market places of Tunis, Tripoli and Algiers. The African sun offered a different lighting than her usual scenes in America and France.
After returning to New England, she set up a studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where she often painted beach scenes. She went on to teach art at Chase's New York School of Art. She often lived with one of her sisters, and sometimes traveled in the summer with Alice Schille, who she had met as an art student. Her estate was purchased in the late 1960s by the David David Gallery of Philadelphia. Walter continued working until a few years before her death in 1976 at age 99.

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