Charles Harold Davis
(January 7th 1856– August 5th 1933), was an American landscape
painter. He was born at Amesbury, Massachusetts. A pupil of the schools
of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, he was sent to Paris in 1880. Having
studied at the Académie Julian under Jules Joseph Lefebvre and
Gustave Boulanger, he went to Barbizon and painted much in the forest
of Fontainebleau under the traditions of the men of thirty.
In 1890, Davis returned to the U.S., settling in
Mystic, Connecticut. He shifted to Impressionism in his style, and took
up the cloudscapes for which he became best-known. He eventually became
a leading figure in the art colony that had developed in Mystic, and
founded the Mystic Art Association in 1913.
He became a full member of the National Academy of
Design in 1906, and received many awards, including a silver medal at
the Paris Exhibition of 1889.
He is represented by important works in the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Corcoran Gallery of Art,
Washington; the Pennsylvania Academy, Philadelphia, and the Boston
Museum of Fine Arts.