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American & European Paintings - September 2008
 
 
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George Elmer Browne
(American, 1871–1946)
In Finistère, 1907
Oil on canvas, 32 × 39 1/2 inches
Signed at lower left: “Geo Elmer Browne.”
Inscribed on canvas reverse: “Geo Elmer Browne/1907/‘In Finistere.’”
RS 6489


Born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, George Elmer Browne studied at Cowles Art School and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and later at the Académie Julian in Paris. He exhibited widely, and his work is held in major museums in the United States and France. Although a resident of Paris, he was well known for his summer classes in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Browne’s most typical subjects are European and American townscapes, coastal views, and scenes of the everyday life of fishermen and peasants.

This painting represents the countryside in Finistère, a department in Brittany, northwestern France. The area, which takes its name from the Latin finis terrae (“land’s end”), was frequented by many famous European and American artists during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


  


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