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Class of Summer 1936
Walter Elmer Schofield
b. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1866
d. Cornwall, England, 1944
Cornish Inn, c. 1929
Oil on canvas
30 x 36 inches

A central figure in the broader development of American Impressionism, Elmer Schofield enjoyed a truly international reputation. Grand Central Art Galleries in New York exhibited Cornish Inn in December 1929. The painting depicts Ipswich Village, a coastal fishing village in Cornwall, a county in South West England. The wild moorlands, rocky coastline, clusters of cottages, and mild climate made Cornwall Schofield’s primary painting location, and he lived there half of each year from 1901 onward. In Cornish Inn the Impressionist influence is evident in the construction of the picture plane through the buildup of masses of color infused with brilliant light. Schofield, who was in Los Angeles exhibiting and teaching landscape painting out of the Stendahl Galleries in 1936, may have attended the banquet and Purchase Prize Exhibit at GHS; the Gardena Valley News noted that Earl Stendahl was in attendance.