Harvesting Salt Hay and Salt Marsh with Boats,
each oil on panel, approx. 6" x 8", signed and estate stamped.
National Academy artist William Merritt Post was born in Brooklyn. He studied with Samuel Frost Johnson and at the Art Students League with James Carroll Beckwith. He began exhibiting at the National Academy in 1884, becoming friends with Hugh Bolton Jones who became his mentor. Both artists favored marshy landscapes and traveled to the marshlands of Long Island and New Jersey to paint. In 1912 Post and his wife purchased a farm in Bantam, Connecticut in the Litchfield hills. He kept studios in West Morris, NJ, Bantam, and in NYC. Post exhibited at the Connecticut Academy of Fine Art, the American Watercolor Society, the Brooklyn Art Association, the Boston Art Club, the Salmagundi Club, the Corcoran, the PAFA annuals, the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, and Salons of America. When the contents of his studio in West Morris were auctioned off in 1937, the high bidder donated many of the items to the Mattatuck Museum, including drawings, sketchbooks, small oil paintings, documents, and artists' materials.
William Merritt Post (1856 - 1935)
David & Donna Kmetz, American Paintings