Walter Emerson Baum (1884-1956)

Walter Emerson Baum (1884-1956)

Walter Emerson Baum was born in the rural town of Sellersville, Pennsylvania, and began his studies with local history painter William Thomas Trego. He continued his training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Thomas Anschutz. While there, Baum was introduced to the landscape painter Daniel Garber, whose studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania, attracted a circle of Impressionist-style painters including Robert Redfield and Walter Schofield. Baum’s own style and choice of subject was deeply influenced by this circle of New Hope painters.

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At the height of his career, in 1925, Baum received the Jennie Sesnan Gold medal from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He exhibited both locally and nationally at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philips Mill Gallery, the New Hope Art Associates Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.  He lived in Sellersville and actively worked for the cultural enrichment of Eastern Pennsylvania, being a founding member of the Allentown Museum, The Baum School of Art and the Lehigh Art Alliance.

References:  See Who Was Who In American Art (1986).;  Thomas C. Folk, The Pennsylvania Impressionists (1997).

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