Charles Basing (1865 - 1933)
Melting Snow, c. 1915
Oil on canvas
12 x 16 inches
Signed at lower right: BASING
Salmagundi Club, Thumb-box Exhibition, New York, New York (label verso)
Charles Basing was an American artist active in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts, in the early 20th century. In 1900-1903 he studied at the Academie Julien in Paris with William-Adolph Bouguereau and in 1911 he became a member of the Salmagundi Club. He exhibited regularly at the Salmagundi Club, National Academy of Design and the Art Institute of Chicago. Many of Basing's easel paintings depict the environs of New York City. He also painted murals including the ceiling mural depicting the zodiac at Grand Central Terminal in New York City. His murals can also be found at Columbia University and the Carnegie Institute.
Basing died of blood poisoning in Morocco after a camel stepped on his foot.