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Charles H. Davis

(American, 1856-1933)

Landscape painter Charles H. Davis was born in Amesbury, MA (1856) and died in Mystic, CT (1933) where he moved in 1891. He trained with Otto Grundmann at Boston's Museum School from 1877-1879 and at the Academie Julian in Paris, France with Bouguereau, Boulanger and Lefebvre from 1880-1882. Davis settled in a village in Barbizon in 1882 in the village of Fleury and became a leading American exponent of the Barbizon style by 1883. He started an artist's colony in Mystic, CT after his return from Europe, 8 years before Henry Ward Ranger discovered Old Lyme. His tone turned from pure Tonalism toward the brighter palette of Impressionism.

He was a member of the Society of American Artists (1886-); the Copley Society; the Lotus Club; National Arts Club, NY; Mystic Art Association (founder, 1913); an Associate (1901) and an Academician (1906) of the National Academy of Design, NYC; AFA; and the Grand Central Art Galleries, NY. He exhibited extensively after 1882 and won many prizes and awards for excellence including medals at the PAFA (1901, 1919); National Academy (1917 1921); American Art Association (gold, 1886, 1887); Paris Salon (silver 1889, bronze 1900); Art Institute of Chicago (1890, 1898, 1904); Mass. Charitable Mechanics Association, Boston (1890); Columbian Exposition, Chicago (1893); Atlanta Exposition (gold, 1895); Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo (silver, 1901); Society of Washington Artists (1902); St. Louis Exposition (1904); Corcoran Gallery (1919); Pan-Pacific Exposition (gold, 1915) and the Mystic Art Association and Macbeth Galleries in NYC gave him Memorial exhibitions (1934).

Davis is represented in museums throughout the U.S. including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Carnegie Institute; PAFA; Art Institute of Chicago; NAD: National Gallery of Art; Butler Art Institute; Syracuse Museum of Fine Art; Bruce Art Museum, Greenwich, CT; Cincinnati Art Museum; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; Omaha Art Museum; Worcester Art Museum; New Britain Museum of Art, CT; Lyman-Allen Museum, New London, Ct. and many more.


Reference: Connecticut and American Impressionism, pp. 156-157; Who's Who in American Art (`9286-33); Fink, American Art at the 19th-century Paris Salons; Art in Connecticut, the Impressionist Years; Bulletin of the RISD, vol. xvi, no. 8, Jan. 1928; "Charles H. Davis," International Studio, vol. IXXV, no 301; "Charles H. Davis Landscapes," N.E. Magazine, Dec. 1902, vol. XXVII, no.4; Men of Mark in Connecticut, vol. ii, Hartford, CT 1906, pp. 203-204; Palette & Bench, vol. I, no.12.