Pochade Club — Hackensack River

PhotographerChas. A. Hellmuth

CountryUnited States



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Artists, Buildings, Doorways, Landscape, Figure, Rivers, Supports


Image Dimensions: 24.9 x 19.0 cm corner-glued
Support Dimensions: Detail: 28.0 x 21.2 cm thick, beige laid paper | 36.6 x 29.5 cm uncoated, cream-colored cardstock

The Pochade Club was an artists club based in New York City active ca. 1910-1920’s? Only one reference found online as of this post, (July, 2015) listing American artist Francis William Vreeland (1879-1954) a member. (1.) An unidentified man walks towards the camera in this pictorialist study with a large stone structure seen behind him-most likely the summer quarters for the club on the Hackensack River in New Jersey.


This work is being attributed to American artist and photographer Charles Hellmuth, as it was purchased along with a small archive of known signed works by him displaying similar photographic and matting style.


A pochade (from French poche, pocket) is a type of sketch used in painting. As opposed to a croquis, which is line art, a pochade captures the colors and atmosphere of a scene. Generally, pochades use a small, portable format. Robert Henri and James Wilson Morrice, for example, painted such sketches on small wood panels that would fit in a coat pocket along with oil paint tubes. Others artists, such as landscape painter John Constable, made pochades the size of the intended painting. (2.)


The word pochade has several other meanings in the world of art: a Pochade box is an all-in-one artists box typically used by plein air painters on location, and the art of pochade is sometimes used to describe the technique of quick sketching a landscape study.


print details secondary mount verso: written in black ink cursive in unknown hand- (same as verso of Ida Blessin portrait by Hellmuth with link below) :


Pochade Club
Hackensack River
New Jersey


1. Holly Leaves (weekly newspaper): Hollywood, CA: Sept. 2, 1922: p. 9
2. Pochade: from: Wikipedia: accessed July, 2015

Pochade Club — Hackensack River