Heavy Surf

Frederick Judd Waugh (1861–1940)


Oil on canvas

Sewell C. Biggs bequest; 2004.407

After finishing his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Frederick Judd Waugh traveled several times to Europe, eventually relocating to the English coast, where he remained for more than fifteen years. Upon his return to the United States, the artist settled in the art colony of Provincetown, Massachusetts, closer to his preferred subject matter of rocky coastlines and marine scenery. Heavy Surf, which is probably an image of the Maine coast, won the Boston Art Club’s Walter M. Brackett Prize and the Connecticut Academy Prize.