Martha Walter

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Martha Walter
Born (1875-03-19)March 19, 1875
Died January 1976 (aged 100)
Occupation American Impressionist Painter
Black and white reproduction of English Nurse by Martha Walter

Martha Walter (March 19, 1875 – January 1976) was an American impressionist painter.[1]

Life and career[edit]

A Philadelphia native, Walter studied art at the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art from 1895–98 and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.[2] She was taught by William Merritt Chase. She won the school's Toppan Prize and Cresson Traveling Scholarship. In 1909 she also won the school's Mary Smith Prize for the best painting by a resident female artist. On her scholarship she traveled to Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and France. In France, she received tuition from Rene Menard and Lucien Simon at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière.[1]

She went on to teach art at Chase's New York School of Art.

Her estate was purchased in the late 1960s by the David David Gallery of Philadelphia.

Walter's 1922 painting The Telegram, Detention Room (Ellis Island) was included in the inaugural exhibition of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, American Women Artists 1830-1930, in 1987.[3] Walter also had a show at the Galleries George Petit in Paris in 1922. The French government purchased one of her works titled The Checquered Cape.[4] In the 1930's, Walter traveled to North Africa and began to paint the market places of Tunis, Tripoli and Algiers. The African sun offered a different lighting then her usual scenes in America and France. She continued working until a few years before her death at age 100.

Further reading[edit]



  • William H. Gerdts. "Martha Walter—A Retrospective." American Art Review, September/October 2002, Vol. 14 Issue 5, p150-192.
  • Helen L. Slack. "Martha Walter, Painter of Joyous Children." International Studio, April 1914, Vol. 52, p42-45.


  1. ^ a b Paschall, W. Douglass (2002). Impressionist Jewels: The Paintings of Martha Walter. Philadelphia, Pa.: Woodmere Art Museum. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Notable Alumni". The University of the Arts Libraries. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Eleanor Tufts; National Museum of Women in the Arts (U.S.); International Exhibitions Foundation (1987). American women artists, 1830-1930. International Exhibitions Foundation for the National Museum of Women in the Arts. ISBN 978-0-940979-01-7. 
  4. ^ Sternberg, Paul. "Biography from the Archives of askART".