Edmund Darch Lewis

Edmund Darch Lewis (October 17, 1835 – August 12, 1910) was an American landscape painter known for his prolific style and marine oils and watercolors. Lewis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a thriving family. He started training at age 15 as soon as German-born Paul Weber (1823–1916) of the Hudson River School. At age 19 he exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and was elected an Associate of the Academy at age 24.

Lewis's early exploit in oil, because of his excellent training, was precocious and is considered technically progressive to his vanguard work. He traveled throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, painting river scenes, and for 2 decades he traveled to the White Mountains and painted landscapes of mountains, rivers, and lakes. He made extensive marine paintings throughout New England, becoming a prolific and booming artist. His decree was appreciated because of the luminosity of their objects. Because of the lively yet sparkling work, he is considered one of the Luminist painters in the Hudson River School.

After mastering oil painting in the future in his career, Lewis switched to watercolor painting. Although not as technically outstanding, his watercolors were as well as admired for their luminosity - Luminism, and Lewis continued to generate canvases in mass production style.

Later in life, as an successful artist Lewis collected decorative art, including furniture, ceramics, tapestries, and paintings by the masters. He had 2 bordering homes build up on 22nd St. in downtown Philadelphia to operate his store to Philadelphia society.

Lewis's painting of Lake Willoughby (Vermont), a big 80-inch canvas finished in 1867, is owned by the Pennsylvania Academy. The painting emphasized both the picturesque and sublime aspects of flora and fauna like supplementary popular, mid-century popular spectacular panoramas of the Hudson River School.

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