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Artist Biographies:

Walter Clark (1849-1917)

Before settling into a career as an Impressionist landscape painter, Walter Clark studied engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, traveled in Europe, India, China, and Japan, and then spent time in Wyoming as a sheep herder.

He returned to New York to study art at the National Academy of Design with Lemuel Wilmarth and Jonathan Hartley. In 1880, he came much under the influence of George Inness Sr., because of having a studio next to Inness.

By the 1890s, he was turning from tonalism to impressionism, influenced by his friends John Twachtman, Edward Potthast, and Joseph DeCamp. During the summers, he painted in Cos Cob, Gloucester, and Ogunquit, Maine.

During his lifetime, he had a distinguished reputation. He was elected to the National Academy of Design, the Society of American Artists and the Salmagundi Club.

His works can be seen in the following museums and public collections: Historical Society of Old Greenwich, CT; the National Academy of Design, NY, NY; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; Smithsonian Institution's Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, NY; and the University of Maine Art Museum, Orono, ME: