Charles Walter Stetson (1858 - 1911)
Rhode Island Landscape, 1888
Oil on panel
8 3/8 x 8 3/8 inches
Signed, stamped and dated at lower right: Ch. Walter Stetson / '88 / I. C. Bates
(the stamp is the collector’s stamp of Isaac Comstock Bates)
Charles Walter Stetson was born in Tiverton, Rhode Island, in 1858. He was a self-taught artist and often categorized as a Symbolist painter. His work has been compared to that of Albert Pinkham Ryder, George Inness, and Thomas Dewing.
Stetson opened his first studio in 1878 in Providence and became a founder and active member of the Providence Art Club. There he established close friendships with fellow artists George Whitaker and Edward Bannister.
In 1884 he married Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. Their marriage was troubled and in 1888 Charlotte moved to Pasadena, California. Stetson traveled to California in an attempt to reconcile their marriage but the two eventually divorced in 1890.
In 1894, Stetson returned to California for seven years; then spent two years in New England and two years later became an expatriate in Rome, where he lived until his death on July 21, 1911.