George Elmer Browne

American Impressionism

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    George Elmer Browne was a popular American Impressionist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and was also a skilled teacher and administrator, active in many capacities in the international art world. He was known for his strong sense of composition and wide masses of color with only the suggestion of detail in the background.

    A likely influence, was English painter John Constable. Browne was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts. In 1871. After attending public school in Salem and revealed an artistic talent at an early age. He studied at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Cowles School of Art in Boston. Like many painters of his time, he went to Paris and attended the Academie Julian as a student of Jules Lefevbre and Tony Robert-Fleury.

    Returning to the United States, he set up a studio in New York City. Soon his work became popular. He won his first award a bronze medal at the Mechanics Fair in Boston in 1895. He founded the Browne Art Classes. Many summers were spent at Provincetown, Massachusetts. Browne also became highly regarded in France, where he was named Officer of Public Instruction and Fine Arts. In 1926, he was made Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor.

    (1871 - 1946) Browne died in Provincetown in 1946.

      "It is hardly to be expected that an artist of thirty-one shall have developed a settled style, distinctively his own, yet Mr. Browne's work shows a frank way of looking at the things, he paints, which denotes a strong art personality. More, it has certain distinction of its own.

      Browne has painted much in Holland and has undoubtedly profited by the study of the modern Dutch painters; his temperament is like theirs, and he chooses to paint the same class of subject as Jacob Maris and the otheres. His composition is always pleasing, his color good, and his brushwork adequate, but in his pictures is the tender elusiveness of their somewhat somber air tones."

      - W. Lewis Fraser - Art critic - Century Art Department, New York
George Elmer Browne
American Impressionism

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