Spring Thaw

Walter Elmer Schoefield (1867–1944)

ca. 1913

Oil on canvas

Gift of Sewell C. Biggs; 1996.15

Although Walter Elmer Schoefield never lived in the art colony of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, he is associated with the Pennsylvania impressionist movement that emanated from this region. Like his better-known contemporary Edward Redfield (1869–1965), Schoefield perpetuated the rugged, romantic image of regional impressionist painters by working outdoors on enormous canvases in the coldest and most inhospitable environments.