House by the Waterside, Nuremberg Oil on canvas. Signed lower right and dated 1871 16.5" x 7.5" (image); 27.5" x 18.5" (with frame)
A native son of Buffalo, New York, Charles Caryl Coleman spent most of his adult life abroad. Coleman studied initially with Buffalo artist William Holbrook Beard but went to Paris in 1859, studying there with Thomas Couture. Coleman returned to the United States in 1862 to serve with the northern army in the Civil War, during which he was seriously wounded.
After the war, he returned to Paris but, like his friend Elihu Vedder, he settled finally in Italy, purchasing a villa in Capri.
Coleman painted in a variety of styles and media. A portraitist and figure painter, he painted a portrait of well-known Buffalo painter, Lars Sellstedt. His participation in the international Aesthetic Movement produced many still lifes with a highly oriental flavor. His best known works, however, are probably his later architectural landscapes. Coleman died in Capri in 1928.
Coleman’s work is in the collections of many of the world’s finest museums, including the Albright-Knox Museum (Buffalo), the Detroit Institute, the Metropolitan Museum, the Minneapolis Institute, the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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