Our Art / Charles Fromuth
After studying at the Philadelphia Academy, Fromuth (1866-1937) studied painting under Thomas Eakins. He later moved to Brittany, on the coast of France where he was struck with inspiration to depict life on the coast. Fromuth drew ships at rest and at sea in strokes of pastel, meditating on the complex structures of the ships afloat in fluid, textured water reflecting and distorting natural light. Fromuth’s flattened compositions and striking angles were heavily influenced by Japanese prints and the tight, dynamic compositions of James Abbott McNeill Whistler.