Elizabeth Charleston

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Elizabeth Charleston
Elizabeth Charleston, Spring Grove - Small.jpg
Spring Grove
NationalityUnited States
Known forPainting
Elizabeth Charleston's signature

Elizabeth Charleston was a San Francisco native[1] who painted impressionist flower and landscape paintings.[2] Charleston began painting at the age of 50, while recovering from an automobile accident.[2]

Life and work[edit]

Elizabeth Charleston was born in San Francisco, California in 1910, shortly after the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906. She attended the Katherine Delmar Burke School and lived the life of a wealthy San Franciscan of the time. During her youth, she lived in France, and those memories later were reflected in her works.[2] Her family was closely connected with the San Francisco Bay Area arts community.[3]

At the age of 50, Charleston was in an automobile accident which limited her activities and mobility. She began painting for the first time while recovering.[2]

The San Francisco Chronicle's late art critic Alfred Frankenstein reviewed her showing at the Pomeroy Gallery in 1968, and said Charleston had a "wonderful eye" for flowers -- "totally charming, decorative and delectable."[2] Most of her works were impressionist oil paintings of flowers and the French countryside. Her works are available widely today, and have been shown in numerous museums and galleries in the US, Brussels, and Paris,[2][4] including Hammer Galleries in NY (at least four one-woman exhibitions at Armand Hammer's famed galleries),[5][6] Frank H. Boos Gallery in Bloomfield MI,[7] Conacher Galleries in San Francisco,[8] Salon des Femmes Peintres in Paris in 1974,[5][9] the Salon exhibition at Société des Artistes Français[9] in 1973,[5] the US Embassy in Brussels,[5] and at the Nationale des Beaux Arts Exposition du Tricentenaire[10] in 1973.[5]

Charleston is listed in Clara, the National Museum of Women in the Arts' database of women in the Arts.[11] Charleston is popular with San Francisco Bay Area collectors, including Laura King Pfaff (chairman of Bonhams & Butterfields, the world's third largest auction house).[12]

Charleston died on April 8, 1997 in San Rafael, California, near San Francisco.[2]


  1. ^ "Elizabeth Charleston Bio on AskArt.com". Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "San Francisco Chronicle Obituary for Elizabeth Charleston". Retrieved 2008-09-17.
  3. ^ "Maren M. Froelich papers, 1906". Retrieved 2008-09-17.
  4. ^ Hammer, Victor J. (1976). Elizabeth Charleston. New York: S & R Hayden. p. 8.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Elizabeth Charleston, Hammer Galleries, NY, 1976". Retrieved 2008-09-17.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Gilbert, Ruth (1972-05-22). "In and About Town". New York Magazine: 28.
  7. ^ "Les Fleurs Du Midi". Retrieved 2008-09-17.
  8. ^ "Conacher Galleries". Archived from the original on 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2008-09-17.
  9. ^ a b "Elizabeth Charleston biography". Retrieved 2008-09-17.
  10. ^ "BEAUTIFUL STILL LIFE OIL BY ELIZABETH CHARLESTON". Archived from the original on 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2008-09-17.
  11. ^ "Clara Artist Information Database, Elizabeth Charleston". Retrieved 2008-09-17.