Frederick Judd WaughU.S. 1861-1940
Silver and Gold 29.0414
Frederick J. Waugh has often been called the best American marine painter, with the exception of Winslow Homer. Similar to Silver and Gold, his scenes often portray coasts bombarded with crashing waves. In America his popularity had grown so that he could live solely on his paintings alone. Raised by a family of artists-his father concentrating on portraiture, his mother on miniatures and his sister on genre scenes-Waugh, too, found a place in the artistic world. He studied under the realist painter Thomas Eakins while attending the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He then went to Paris to study at the Académe Julian under the guidance of the portrait painter Adolphe Bouguereau. Years later Waugh and his family lived in Paris and London, but it would be on the Island of Sark, near the coast of France, that he would develop his lifelong interest with the sea. He often exhibited his works at the Royal Academy, but also did illustrations for The London Graphic to supplement his income. After fifteen years in Europe, he returned to America to continue painting.
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