Walter Stuempfig (1914 - 1970)
Urban Scene with Figures, c. 1945
Oil on canvas
20 x 30 inches
Signed at lower right: Stuempfig
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 'romantic realist'.
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 also studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.
His successful artistic recognition began when he was included in the 'Artists for Victory' exhibition, sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He then attained a national reputation when his self-portrait was featured on the cover of Life magazine.
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.