Martha Walter was an acclaimed American Impressionist painter, and one of the premier female artists to be recognized within the fine arts community of the time. Known for her bright plein air beach scenes and domestic portraits, she studied under William Merritt Chase and was greatly influenced by the then-established French Impressionists Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, and Eugène Boudin. Walter's works took on a looser style; she also used black paint, a color often excluded by other Impressionists.