Albert Van Nesse Greene
Albert Van Nesse Greene pursued a diverse artistic training, studying at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, the Art Students League in New York, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. Born in Jamaica, New York, Greene would eventually settle in Chester County, Pennsylvania, where he lived and worked for over fifty years. The artist exhibited his work at the nearby Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, as well as throughout France. Greene had fought in France during World War I as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Throughout his career, Greene became a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Society of Independent Artists, the Society of American Artists, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Salons of America. After his death in 1971, the artist left his estate to the United States government, perhaps in thanks for aid he received after a serious injury in the war. However, the following year, the White House curator auctioned off the contents of his estate. Today, Greene is admired for his pastel and watercolor landscapes, which often depict peaceful Pennsylvania scenery throughout the Chester and Bucks Counties.