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A Holiday

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.


c. 1915


Edward Henry Potthast
American, 1857–1927

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A Holiday depicts one of the beach scenes for which Edward Henry Potthast was best known. Capturing a quintessentially Impressionist setting—a sun-dappled landscape with women and children enjoying leisure time—the artist also utilized the movement’s technique of broken brushwork and the use of brilliant colors. In the painting the children converse and frolic at the water’s edge on a windy day. There is nothing threatening about the waves or wind; indeed, Potthast’s paintings were both praised and criticized for presenting nothing other than a pleasant, innocent, and optimistic view.


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Arts of the Americas


Edward Henry Potthast


A Holiday


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c. 1915


Oil on canvas


Signed lower left: E. Potthast


76.4 × 101.8 cm (30 1/8 × 40 1/8 in.)

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Friends of American Art Collection

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