Charles Melville Dewey

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For the American librarian, see Melvil Dewey
Black-and-white reproduction of Charles Melville Dewey's Sunshine and Shadow

Charles Melville Dewey (1849–1937) was an American tonalist painter. He was born in Lowville, N. Y. Confined to his bed from his twelfth to his seventeenth year by a hip disease, he formed the poetic conception of nature which appears in his pictures. He studied in the schools of the National Academy of Design, New York (1874–76), and in Paris under Carolus-Duran, whom he assisted to paint a ceiling in the Louvre. In 1878 he returned to New York. Dewey's work has much highly individual, poetic sentiment and generally depicts subdued morning and evening effects. His landscapes in oil and water color are in many public galleries and private collections in the United States. Among his best are:

  • Indian Summer and A November Evening (1904)
  • Morning Bay of St.Ives and The Brook (1905)
  • The Edge of the Forest (formerly Corcoran Gallery, Washington)
  • The Harvest Moon and The Close of Day (National Gallery, Washington)
  • The Gray Robe of Twilight (Buffalo Gallery)
  • Old Fields (Pennsylvania Academy, Philadelphia)

He was made a member of the National Academy of Design in 1907.

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  • Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.