Charles M. Dewey

(Lowville, New York, 1849 - 1937)


Born in Lowville, New York, Dewey decided, at age twenty-three, to become a professional artist. Moving to New York City, he enrolled at the National Academy of Design. Two years later, he went to Paris to study in the atelier of Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran along with fellow student John Singer Sargent.

Returning to America in 1878, Dewey became known for romantic, Tonalist landscapes. His subtle, monochromatic palette and generalized poetic effects seem to reflect Whistler’s influence, although this may have come indirectly through other American Tonalists. Widespread recognition for his art began after the turn of the century.

In his later years, brighter colors replaced the low-keyed palette of his Tonalist works. The artist continued to paint at his studio in the Hotel Chelsea in New York City until his death in 1937.

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