Edward Charles Volkert defined himself as a landscapist of the Impressionist school. He was an American painter who was known for his ability to render beautiful paintings of cattle.
Volkert was a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He pursued his artistic training at the Cincinnati Art Academy under Frank Duveneck.
Edward Charles Volkert was among the Impressionist painters who preferred to work with a Barbizon palate, which emphasizes somber, softer tones over bold colors and which complimented Impressionist work well.
Volkert spent a great deal of time going back and forth between Cincinnati and New York City. He was also a guest of "Miss Florence" at the Old Lyme art colony. His favored place for painting had been the farms of Ohio, where he could find any number of cattle subjects to paint, but he eventually relocated to Old Lyme permanently in 1922.
His style is considered to be mature and developed, and he exhibited an impressive use of color and brushwork even in his early paintings. He enjoyed a great reputation as one of the premier painters of cows during his lifetime and, even after having relocated to Old Lyme to be closer to the colony, cows remained his preferred subject.