George Elmer Browne (1871 - 1946)
Crashing Surf on the New England Coast, n.d.
Oil on board
15 x 18 inches
Signed at lower left: Geo. Elmer Browne N.A.
Arts & Crafts style frame
George Elmer Browne was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 1871. After four years of study at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School under Frank Benson and Edmund Tarbell, and two more years at the Cowles School of Art, also in Boston, the artist left for Europe where he enrolled at the Académie Julian and studied under teachers, Jules Lefebvre and Tony Robert-Fleury.
By 1895, Browne had established himself in Boston again and received the first of many prizes at the Mechanics Fair of that year. At some point around the turn of the century, however, he returned to France and headquartered there for fifteen years. He was highly regarded in France, and was named Officer of Public Instruction and Fine Arts. In 1926, he was made Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor.
By 1916, the artist was living in New York and spending his summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he conducted classes at the West End School. He spent considerable time in Provincetown and became a prominent member of the artistic community there. A critic of his 1917 retrospective at Knoedler's Gallery commented on the strength of the color and design in his landscapes. Browne chose for his subjects during this period harbor imagery and dramatic coastal views of the New England coast, infusing each work with a personal and individualistic response.
George Elmer Browne died in Provincetown in 1946. He received numerous prizes for his work including: Mechanics' Fair, Boston, 1885 (medal); Salmagundi Club, (prizes) 1885, 1901, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1927, 1932, 1936; Art Institute of Chicago, 1923 (prize); Allied American Artists, (gold prizes) 1928, 1934; National Academy of Design, 1934 (prize); American Water Color Society, 1936 (prize).
George Elmer Browne is represented in the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; the Chicago Art Institute; the Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; the National Academy of Design, New York; the New York Public Library; the Lotos Club, New York; the High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia; the Museé Montpellier, Paris; the Hotel de Ville, Cahors, France; and in many other public and private collections.