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Haines Catskill Mountains 1874
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|Charles Chapin had studios in Boston, New York City, New Orleans, Los
Angeles and San Francisco. Appearing to change locations
continually, he had an itinerant career as an illustrator, art teacher
and painter of portraits and landscapes in oil and watercolor. |
painted landscapes that reflect the drama and emotional expression
characteristic of 19th-century landscape painting, especially the
excitement over natural wonders such as the Grand Canyon and scenes in
the Adirondack Mountains. He was also noted for his portrait of Polish
actress Helena Modjeska , posed when she played the role of Mary Queen
of Scots. In New Orleans he did Creole subjects.
a founder of the Lotus Club in New York City, and then headed to
California, where he was in San Francisco from 1876 to 1877 and
exhibited with the San Francisco Art Association. After that he
went to the southern United States.
From 1882 to 1885, he was
active in New Orleans, listing himself as a portrait and landscape
painter and "teacher of painting". (Mahe 73) In 1882 and 1883, he
spent summers in New Orleans, but was there most of the year during
1884 and 1885.
In the 1880s, Chapin also painted southern
Florida scenes on several winter visits to Florida where he focused
primarily on the central and southern Gulf coast including the
Everglades. Many persons, not knowing of his time in Florida,
have mistakenly identified the location of those paintings as
Louisiana, but they are distinctive from his Louisiana paintings in
that the tropical foliage depicted would not grow in Louisiana.
The Florida views date almost exclusively from the 1880's. (Arnold)
By 1887, he had moved to Los Angeles.
Charles Chapin was an illustrator of Civil War scenes for Harper's Weekly in 1864, and also painted in Arizona. One work by him of the Grand Canyon is dated 1886 and titled Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. It is in the collection of the First National Bank of Chicago.
December 1888, Chapin disappeared, and in March 1889 a body identified
as his was recovered from the North River in the Adirondack region of
upstate New York.
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940
George Arnold, Arnold Fine Art, Ormond Beach, Florida
John Mahe, Encyclopaedia of New Orleans Artists
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