Walter Emerson Baum (Pennsylvania 1884-1956), oil on board winter village scene titled "Sledding in Perkasie" depicting a cluster of buildings covered in snow with two figures pulling a sled up a snowy road in center. Back of board signed in white chalk lower right corner, "Sledding in Perkasie 1932 W E Baum". Exhibition label listing artist's name, title and medium en verso top. Framed in cove molded cream and gilt frame. Sight: 28" H x 31" W. Frame: 35 1/4" H x 38" W. Biography: Walter Emerson Baum, born in Sellersville, Pennsylvania in 1884, is the only New Hope Impressionists actually born in Bucks County. He was widely celebrated for his Impressionist snow scenes in the tradition of Edward Redfield and Walter Schofield. Many of his canvases were painted using the plein-air style. Baum captured the now largely developed Pennsylvania countryside and farmland. He also depicted the charm of Main Street America as it once was. Baum attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1905 to 1906. He was awarded over thirty prizes and awards from 1918 to 1957, including the Jennie Sesnan Gold Medal at the PAFA in 1925. Baum was a writer for the Sellersville Herald and the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, where he was an art editor and wrote hundreds of newspaper articles in his career. (Source: Askart, the Artist's Bluebook) CONDITION: Good condition with 2 minor brown accretions in center lower quadrant and one 1-7/8" L diagonal split at lower left corner at frame. Few scattered losses to paint. Surface grime. No inpainting or alterations evident with black light. Minor losses to gilt on frame.
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