(1914 - 1970)
Walter Jr. Stuempfig was active/lived in New Jersey. Walter Stuempfig is known for landscape, genre, portrait and figure painting.
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Walter Stuempfig was a prolific painter born in 1914 to a wealthy
family in Germantown, Philadelphia. Known for his landscapes of the
Philadelphia area and the shores of New Jersey, he is considered a
Biography from Newman Galleries
Free from the financial limitations of
many struggling artists, Stuempfig was able to pursue his painting
passion. He graduated from the Germantown Academy in 1930. In 1931, he
enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where his formal art
training began, and where he later was to become part of the faculty
from 1948 to 1970. He studied architecture at the University of
His successful artistic recognition began when
he was included in the 'Artists for Victory' exhibition, sponsored by
the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
He traveled frequently to
Europe, and especially loved Italy. After his wife's death in 1946,
Stuempfig's devoted himself completely to painting. He enjoyed meadows
and woodlands and painted portraits of friends and family. He worked
independently, and his works demonstrate a concern for human existence.
He had the ability to combine the old with the new on canvas, not
unlike the paintings of Thomas Eakins, of the previous century.
Stuempfig died in 1970 with more than 1,500 works to his credit, and is represented in most of the major museums.
Stuempfig Jr. was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1914. He studied
at the University of Pennsylvania prior to enrolling at the
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1931. Stuempfig spent three
years at the Academy under Henry McCarter, Daniel Garber and Francis
Speight. In 1934 he won the Academys Cresson Scholarship for travel
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Described as a "Romantic Realist," Stuempfig painted
still lifes, portraits, landscapes and street scenes of Cape May,
Philadelphia, and the Italian cities of Naples and Milan. He attained a
national reputation when his self-portrait was featured on the cover of
Life magazine. In 1948 he became an instructor at the Pennsylvania
Academy of the Fine Arts, a position he retained until his death in
Stuempfig was awarded a Silver Medal and the W.A. Clark
Prize in 1947 from the Corcoran Gallery of Art Biennial, a prize from
the National Academy of Design in 1953 and grants from the Ford
Foundation and the American Institute of Arts and Letters. He was
elected an Academician of the National Academy of Design and was a
member of the Century Association. He exhibited extensively at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Pennsylvania
Academy of the Fine Arts, National Academy of Design, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, M.H. DeYoung Memorial Museum, Fort Worth Art
Association, Birmingham Museum of Art and in England. His paintings are
in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern
Art, Buffalo Museum, Chicago Museum of Art, Springfield Museum,
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Toledo Museum, Corcoran
Gallery of Art and the St. Louis Museum of Art, among many others.
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