Old Lyme, CT
Matilda Browne’s talent was apparent from an early age. By the time she was nine, she had begun informal study with her neighbor Thomas Moran. As an adult, she exhibited widely and won prestigious awards. The only woman accepted as a peer by the male artists in Old Lyme, she was given the honor of being invited to paint a pair of door panels in the Florence Griswold House. In Greenwich, where she lived most of her adult life, she was a founder of the Greenwich Society of Artists and exhibited in all of their annuals from the first, in 1912, through 1931. Yet this will be her first solo exhibition in more than eight decades and the first ever in a museum. The exhibition enables the rediscovery of a significant artist.
Throughout her career, Browne favored two themes: animals and flowers. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to trace her shift in style from highly accomplished academic depictions of farm animals to atmospheric Barbizon-influenced canvases. Her Impressionist style is most evident in sparkling paintings of gardens as well as in still lifes of lush bouquets.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website