Edward Charles Volkert
|Edward Charles Volkert|
|Known for||Painting, Landscape art|
Edward Charles Volkert (1871–1935), was an American Impressionist artist best known for his colorful and richly painted impressionist landscapes. His trademark subject was that of cattle and plowmen. He has been referred to as America's cattle painter extraordinaire".
The son of a hat merchant from Alsace, Volkert was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1871. He studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy under Frank Duveneck, whose draftsmanship would influence Volkert. His mature style combined elements of the Barbizon school of painting and impressionism. Academic institutions he attended were Art Students League of New York and Cincinnati Art Academy. He also studied under George de Forest Brush, Henry Siddons Mowbray, and William Merritt Chase.
For many years he traveled between Cincinnati and New York City, and most preferred to paint cattle in Ohio farmlands. While living in New York, Volkert was president of the Bronx Art Guild. Other Association and Club Memberships included the American Federation of Arts, the National Academy of Design, National Arts Club, New York Watercolor Society, Paint and Clay Club, Duveneck Society of Cincinnati and the Salmagundi Club.
After staying in Old Lyme, Connecticut, as a guest of Florence Griswold. He eventually moved near Old Lyme, CT, in part because of his interest in painting their ever-present oxen, which Volkert described as "twice as good as cows at posing . . . oxen are always ready to stand still, but cows are more inquisitive and when a newcomer appears they forsake their quiet rumination and come over to investigate." His style is noted for its impressionist use of light, applied in small dots of paint, while maintaining an interest in the true forms and colors of his subject matter. When Griswold became the first manager of the Lyme Art Association's gallery, when it opened in 1921, Edward Charles Volkert became the first Secretary. Thereafter, Volkert bought a home there in 1922, and remained in Old Lyme for the rest of his life, where he continued to work at his subject of choice.