01 Painting by Orientalist Artists, George Elmer Browne’s The Slave Market, with footnotes, #93

George Elmer Browne (American, 1871-1946)
The Slave Market

Oil on panel
35 in. x 36 in.
Private collection

Two nude figures draw the eye of both the depicted crowd and the viewer, as they stand in sharp contrast to their surroundings and hint at influences of classical sculpture. The dramatic sky owes perhaps to the work of John Constable with a strong impression of three-dimensional volume and tonal hues. Combining the suggestion of details with broad swaths of color was a particular skill of Browne, and one on ample display in this masterful market scene. More on this painting
George Elmer Browne (1871–1946) was an American artist known in France and Massachusetts.

Browne was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He studied in Boston at the Cowles Art School and the Museum of Fine Arts before completing his education under Jules Lefebvre and Tony Robert-Fleury in Paris. He founded the West End School of Art at his summer home in Provincetown in 1916 at the tip of Cape Cod far away from his studio in New York. The group was influenced by the impressionists and was among five schools in the town. Browne was very well regarded in France and became a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Browne has work in Provincetown Museum. In 1919, Browne was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full member in 1928. More on George Elmer Browne

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