Charles Warren Eaton, American (1857-1937).
Born in Albany, New York, Charles Eaton became a Tonalist landscape painter greatly influenced by George Inness.
His intimate, moody landscapes were known for subdued hues and muted tonal harmonies, and the subject was
often the landscape in late autumn, evening time, or winter. These paintings were groundbreaking because they
were relatively small scale intimate countryside views, which was a departure from the generally popular
panoramic, romanticized views of Hudson River School painters.
In 1879, he enrolled at the National Academy of Design in New York City and then studied figure painting at the
Art Students League. He became a close associate with Leonard Ochtman and Ben Foster, both Tonalist painters,
and traveled with them to France and England where each formed their own style in reaction to the pervasive
Barbizon style of rural landscape and genre painting. They also visited Holland where Eaton painted many canal scenes.
He continued to travel rather extensively, visiting Glacier National Park in Montana in 1921 and returned to Italy
in 1910 to 1912 and in 1923. A reclusive bachelor, Eaton maintained a studio in New York City, although he lived
in Bloomfield, New Jersey. He painted throughout the Northeast and summered in Connecticut.
Throughout his career, he exhibited extensively, including at the National Academy of Design, the Brooklyn Art
Association, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Boston Art Club, and the Royal Academy in London. He
won many prizes including ones at the Salmagundi Club, the Philadelphia Art Club and the 1904 St. Louis
Exposition. He was a founding member of the Lotus and Salmagundi Clubs.
Signed Chas Warren Eaton, lower right.
Oil on canvas laid down on board. 6" x 9"