Artist Biography

George Elmer Browne

(1871 - 1946)

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    Successful both at home and abroad, George Elmer Browne painted in Cape Ann at the same time as renowned artists Frederick J. Mulhaupt and Emile Albert Gruppe. Born in Gloucester, Massachusetts and known for his impressionist style, Browne studied in Boston at Cowles School of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as in Paris at the Académie Julian. His time in Paris brought him success among European audiences: the French government bought his Cape Cod landscape from the 1904 Paris Salon, named him Officer of Public Instruction and Fine Arts, and in 1926 awarded him the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. He was active in many important artist associations, including the American Art Association of Paris, Artists’ Fund Society, The Century Association, National Academy of Design, and Salmagundi Club. Exhibiting throughout the United States, Browne won many prizes for his paintings, most notably from the American Watercolor Society, The Art Institute of Chicago, Salmagundi Club, National Academy of Design, National Arts Club, and the 1885 Mechanics Fair in Boston. Browne was also an important art teacher, leading his Browne Art Classes both in Provincetown and Europe between 1919 and 1945. His work is included in The Art Institute of Chicago, High Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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