(1869 - 1947)
Matilda (Van Wyck) Browne was active/lived in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey. Matilda Browne is known for farm landscape, floral and animal-genre painting.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Matilda Browne is noted for her farm and
cattle scenes, which has led to her being compared to the French woman
painter of cattle, Rosa Bonheur. Browne also did floral paintings
but her reputation was for her ability to paint cows as though they
were actually standing in the field. A child protege, she
received early art training from her artist-neighbor, Thomas Moran,
from Elizabeth and Kate Greatorex, and Frederick Freer who came from
Philadelphia to give her lessons.
Biography from The Cooley Gallery
Browne studied in Paris,
beginning 1889, with Julian Dupre, "one of the great French painters of
cattle", and then went to Holland. There she bought a cow to use
as a model. Painting this animal in a pose of rebellion against
being tied by her to a post, she created a painting called "Unwilling
Model" that she exhibited in the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
was the first woman artist member of the Old Lyme, Connecticut art
colony, and in 1905, filled a request to paint a door panel of the
Florence Griswold Mansion at Old Lyme.
the National Association of Women Artists, the American Water Color
Society, and the Society of Painters of New York. She exhibited
in 1890 with the Paris Salon, the National Academy of Design for 50
years, the Art Institute of Chicago four times between 1892 and 1922,
and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts between 1921 and 1936.
She married writer Frederick Van Wyck, for whom she did book illustrations including Recollections of an Old New Yorker.
Paul Sternberg, Sr., Art by American Women
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Matilda Browne was active in Greenwich,
Connecticut, New York City, and Old Lyme, Connecticut, where she was
affiliated with the art colony centered at Florence Griswold's home.
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She is honored with the reputation of being the only woman at Old Lyme
who was taken seriously as a painter by her male colleagues, and she
was considered an important member of the Old Lyme group. In
fact, Browne was asked to paint a door panel in the dining room at Miss
Griswold's, a prestigious invitation and one that clearly shows she was
a part of that coterie of artists.
As a young painter, Browne studied under Thomas Moran in New Jersey. She
went on to study flower painting with Eleanor and Kate Greatorex,
livestock painting with Carleton Wiggins, and animal painting with the
Dutch artist Henry Bisbing.
After spending time in Europe in the late 1880s, Browne returned to New
York City and began to exhibit in the metropolitan area. Records
show that the artist was in Greenwich, presumably working at Cos Cob,
in the late 1890s, and on and off throughout her career; she worked in
Old Lyme from 1905-06 and periodically from 1911-24.
Sometime around 1918 she married Frederick Van Wyck, and in 1932 her illustrations were published in her husband's book, Recollections of an Old New Yorker.
Although flower and animal painting became Browne's specialty, her
skill in both genres led her to elevate her subject matter, and her
work stands comparison with some of the best Impressionists of the age.
American Watercolor Society, New York, NY
New York Society of Painters, New York, NY
Greenwich Art Association, Greenwich, CT
Allied Artists of America, New York, NY
Founding member, National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors, New York, NY
Dodge Prize (National Academy of Design, 1889)
Third Hallgarten Prize (National Academy of Design, 1901)
Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (awards, 1918, 1919)
Greenwich Art Association (prize, 1929)
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