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Charles Edwin Lewis Green USA, 1844-1915Type: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 20 x 27 inches
Frame Dimensions: 30 1/2 x 37 1/4 inches
Foster Woods, Lynn, Massachusetts

About the Artist
Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Green began his adult life as a businessman, deciding in 1879, at the age of thirty-five, to become a painter. His first instructors were Joshua Sheldon of Lynn and Otis Weber of Boston. By 1883 he had a studio on School Street in Boston and four years later went to Cape Breton and Nova Scotia to paint with the very influential Boston artist and teacher Charles Woodbury. In 1889 he made a trip to Europe, where he painted in France with the American colony at Concarneau, then travelled to Holland, and then Newlyn on England’s Cornish coast, where he painted with relocated Boston artist Stephen Salisbury Tuckerman. Green returned to Lynn in 1890. A New England Tonalist, he specialized in shoreline scenes and landscapes that portrayed his interest in light and atmospheric conditions. He worked in both watercolor and oil, exhibiting his works at the Boston Art Club from 1895 until 1900. He was a member of the Paint and Clay Club and exhibited at the Lynn Art Club, the St. Botolph Club and the Eastman Chase Gallery in Boston. He also exhibited at the National Academy in 1887 and in 1888, the Pennslyvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1901, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1905. This work was possibly exhibited at the Boston Art club in 1906 with the title Foster’s Swamp, Lynn.

Silas A. Barton Gallery, Lynn, Massachusetts, 1880
Boston Art Club, Boston, Massachusetts, 1882–1907
Hospital Art Exhibition, Lynn, Massachusetts, 1883
Lynn Grand Army of the Republic Exhibition, Lynn, Massachusetts, 1887
National Academy of Design, New York, New York, 1887–88
St. Botolph Club, Boston, Massachusetts, 1892
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1901
Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association, Boston, Massachusetts (medal)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1905
Lynn Art Club, 1910

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
American Art Analog, Chelsea House Publishers
E. Bénézit Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Editions Gründ
The Grove Dictionary of Art, Oxford University Press
Who Was Who in American Art, 1564–1975, Sound View Press

Additional Resources:

  • C.E.L. Green: Shore and Landscape Painter of Lynn and Newlyn, Frederick Alan Sharf
    and John Hardy Wright; Salem: Essex Institute, 1980.
  • The Boston Art Club Exhibition Record 1873–1909, Janice H. Chadbourne, Karl
    Gabosh and Charles O. Vogel; Madison, Connecticut: Sound View Press, 1991.
  • Rediscovering Some New England Artists 1875–1900, Rolf H. Kristiansen and John J.
    Leahy; Dedham, Massachusetts: Gardner-O’Brien, 1987.
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