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Edward Potthast

1857: Born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Received early artistic training at McMicken School of Design, while supporting himself as a lithographer and illustrator; 1882-85: Traveled to Europe. Studied briefly in Antwerp, then for 3 years in Munich; 1885: Returned to Cincinnati, where he resumed work as an illustrator. Took evening classes at the Cincinnati Museum Association; 1887-1890: Traveled to Europe, dividing time between Munich and Paris; 1890: Visited Grez, where he met Robert Vonnoh and Roderick O’Conor. Both artists encouraged him to begin painting landscapes in an Impressionist style; 1892: Returned to Cincinnati; 1896: Moved to New York City. Supported himself as an illustrator, but also became a lively figure in New York art circles. Began painting joyful beach scenes, which won him great success; 1896-27: Spent summers in such resort areas of Gloucester, Rockport, Cape Cod, Ogunquit and Monhegan, where he painted some of his most successful paintings; 1897: Exhibited at the National Academy of Design (NAD) for the first time; 1899: Awarded NAD’s Thomas B. Clarke prize for best figure painting; 1906: Elected full member of NAD; 1927: Died.