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Charles Francis Browne

Charles Francis Browne

1859 - 1920

Charles Francis Browne was born in Natick, Massachusetts in 1859. He began formal art training at the Boston Museum School in 1882. Browne displayed natural talent and ability in painting which earned him acceptance to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1885. There he was a student of Thomas Eakins ("The Gross Clinic" ), one of the greatest, most prolific painters in American history. Under Eakins, Browne painted his figures in gritty, candid Realism. In 1887, Browne decided to expand his genre and headed to Paris. He trained at the Paris Academy under Gérôme, who was arguably the best French Impressionist and Naturalist painter at the turn of the century. Under Gérôme, Browne's repertoire evolved from figures to landscapes, and from Realism to Impressionistic Naturalism. He continued to paint in those styles for the remainder of his life. In 1892, Browne taught painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and worked hard to nurture and expand Chicago's fledging art culture. He became a well respected artist and art professor. He was a member of every major art society in Chicago, including the Chicago Society of Artists, the Chicago Municipal Art League, and the Chicago Artists' Guild. As an esteemed artist and teacher, he was frequently asked to juror exhibitions across America, as well as in Mexico, Argentina, and Chile. He was also the brother-in-law of famed sculptor Laredo Taft. His work can be found in the Chicago Art Institute, which exhibited nearly 200 of his paintings throughout his lifetime.


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