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American & European Paintings - September 2008
 
 
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Charles Morris Young
(American, 1869–1964)
The Deighn Ledge, Brodhead Creek, 1947
Oil on canvas, 20 × 24 inches
Inscribed in pencil on stretcher verso: “The Deighn Ledge, Broadhead/Creek/The Ledge Pool/Brodhead Creek/Pt 1947 Charles Morris Young”
RS 5716


The Pennsylvania impressionist landscape painter and etcher Charles Morris Young was born in Gettysburg and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and at the Colarossi Academy in Paris. At the suggestion of Mary Cassatt (1844–1926), he visited Claude Monet’s (1840–1926) home in Giverny, France, and spent two summers there. Morris returned to the United States and settled in Jenkintown where he refined his impressionist style. He was active in Connecticut art colonies, such as Cos Cob and Old Lyme, and in 1914 began summering in Maine, eventually settling in Southwest Harbor. Young exhibited widely in Europe and the United States, and received numerous awards, including a gold medal from the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. He moved to Radnor, Pennsylvania, in 1917, where died at the age ninety-five.

This painting dates from late in Young’s career when he painted sporting subjects of fishing and golf. It was commissioned by Dr. Williams B. Cadwalader for the Pocono Fishing Club. Brodhead’s Creek, in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, runs southward, passing by Stroudsburg, and enters the Delaware River about a mile above the Delaware Water Gap.


  


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