J. Appleton Brown
(1844 - 1902)

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Spring Blossom

A Summer Meadow



John Appleton Brown earned the nickname “Apple Blossom Brown” because of his penchant for poetic and light-filled compositions with apple blossoms as the subject. Born in 1844 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, Brown enjoyed a lengthy career as a premier Impressionist painter of the New England littoral and landscape. His education as an artist began in 1865 when he traded the north shore for Boston, a move that soon led him to Europe where he studied in earnest.

Inspired by work of Barbizon artists, Brown spent 1866 and 1867 in Paris mastering landscape painting. He returned to Boston in 1868 as a painter of some reputation and married fellow artist, Agnes Bartlett. The couple made two additional trips overseas. In 1874 they returned to France, and in 1886 they went to England where Brown mingled with John Singer Sargeant (1856-1925), Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911), Francis Millet (1846-1912), and other artists of similar caliber. Back in the United States, Brown spent significant time at the Impressionist colony in Old Lyme and with Childe Hassam (1859-1935) at the salon of Celia Thaxter on the Isle of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. He enjoyed the apex of his popularity in the late 1880s, when he was among the first American artists to expose Boston to the Impressionist movement. Brown was elected to the National Academy in 1896.

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