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Charles Edwin Lewis (CEL) Green

 (1844 - 1915)
Charles Edwin Lewis (C.E.L.) Green was active/lived in Massachusetts.  Charles Green is known for landscape with genre and coastal view painting.

Charles Edwin Lewis (C.E.L.) Green

Biography from the Archives of askART

A native of Lynn, Massachusetts, Charles Green became an artist committed to painting American subject matter, especially the marine and landscape scenes of his native area. He often signed his paintings C.E.L. and was part of the seven "Lynn Beach Painters" that included his close friend, Charles Woodbury.

He began working in the local shoe and leather industry and used the money to take art classes. He and several others had adjoining studios in Lee Hall in the City Square of Lynn.

From the 1880s through 1910, he was a regular exhibitor at the Boston Art Club and also took lessons there. He was a plein-air painter, meaning he completed his landscape and marine scenes outdoors with minimal over painting of colors.

In 1885, he moved to Boston, and he and Charles Woodbury had adjoining studios on Green Street and committed themselves to making their living exclusively with their fine art. They succeeded, and for several years, they were linked together as being non-European trained, stay-at-home artists with very similar impressionist styles and American subject matter. They prided themselves on avoiding European influence, but in the 1890s, their styles became increasingly impressionist from seeing European work in Boston exhibitions.

Green had his first one-man show in 1886 at the J Eastman Chase Gallery, one of Boston's most prestigious exhibition venues at that time.

In 1906, Green moved from Boston to his hometown of Lynn where in 1909, he became one of the founders of the Lynn Art Club. He died on January 18, 1915, having been a major influence on succeeding generations of painters inspired to paint local marine scenes of the Boston area.

Michael David Zellman, "300 Years of American Art"
The following, submitted May 2005, is from Melissa Hardie for the West Cornwall Art Archive, Cornwall, England.

Charles Green was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA and died there. For one full year in 1889-90 he lived and painted in West Cornwall. During that year he worked on his painting, "A Newlyn Fish Auction" and others that he finished when he returned to Boston in the fall of 1890. On 16 February 1891, his promoter, J Eastman Chase opened a major show of the paints Green had completed based on his time in Newlyn.

His biographers comment was: "The Newlyn experience sharpened all his developing senses and provided a focus for his art. It was the single most important experience of his career."

His Newlyn works include: "Arrival of the Fishing Boats, Penzance"; "Going to a Fish Auction"; "Coming from the Sale, Penzance"; "Street in Newlyn"; "Low Tide, Newlyn"; "The Cliff at Newlyn"; "Road to the Sea"; Newlyn"; "Farmhouse in Newlyn".

Exhibition record: Boston Art Club, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and numerous others in USA & Canada. No British exhibitions known.

Sources include:
Sharf, Frederic Alan and John Hardy Wright (1980) CEL Green (1844-1915) Shore and Landscape Painter of Lynn and Newlyn. Salem, Massachusetts: Essex Institute

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About  Charles Edwin Lewis (C.E.L.) Green

Born:  1844 - Lynn, Massachusetts
Died:   1915 - Lynn, Massachusetts
Known for:  landscape with genre and coastal view painting