J. Ottis Adams was one of the Hoosier Five or Hoosier Group of late-19th-century Indiana painters. He was a native of Amity, Indiana. In his early 20s he studied art in London, Great Britain, where he came under the spell of Constable and Turner. On his return to Indiana he settled in Muncie. In 1880 he continued his training, traveling to Munich, Bavaria, with fellow Hoosier artists T.C. Steele and Samuel Richards. Our artwork would date from this period. Adams returned to the Hoosier state in 1887 and proceeded to become, with Steele and colleague William Forsyth, among the major Impressionists working in the Midwest.
Making a Fish-trap - Bavaria
an illustration that appeared with an article of the same title in the 1 July 1893 issue of the journal “Modern Art.”
signed in plate with JOA monogram
8 x 5 1/2 inches, plate
12 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches, paper
© 2017 Warren and Julie Payne