FREDERICK JUDD WAUGH
American, 1861 – 1940 Ocean Sunset Oil on board
Gift of Gene A. (W&M 1952) and Mary A. Burns
Frederick Judd Waugh was one of the most important American seascape artists in the first half of the 20th century. Waugh’s familiarity with the ocean came from lengthy observation of the Atlantic, from New England shores to European coasts to the Caribbean. Ocean Sunset was probably executed from memory, based upon years of meticulous observation and practice. Waugh adopted the traditional French practice of sketching en plein air before creating the final, master painting in the studio. His artistic training had begun at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied under Thomas Eakins, before he enrolled at the Académie Julien in Paris. In 1907, he settled permanently on Cape Cod.