Mary Josephine Walters (1837-1883)

  • Mary Josephine Walters Study of Ferns
  • MARY JOSEPHINE WALTERS (1837-1883)
  • Study of Ferns
  • Oil on canvas
  • 6 x 8 inches
  • Signed lower center

In a biography of his father, Asher B. Durand (1796-1886), John Durand describes Walters as his father’s favorite female student. Works such as Study of Ferns illustrate this affinity of style; Durand was known for his arched woodland thickets, from which Walters’ composition seems to take its cue. The small size of Study of Ferns creates an intimate portrait that begs careful study. Intricately detailed and carefully composed, her use of warm colors and the impression of filtered light lends a somewhat paradoxical grace and sophistication to the rugged-edged slab of rock at the painting’s center.

  • Mary Josephine Walters Study of Ferns Unframed