American Impressionist painter, Charles Henry Ebert was perilously close to abject poverty when he sold his first illustration to "Life" magazine in 1896. Only four short years later he was their chief political cartoonist. His real passion, however was painting, and by 1900 he was ready to relocate and begin to work as a serious painter.
He had studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the Art Students League of New York, and then travelled to Paris where he attended the Academie Julian under Benjamin Constant and Jean Paul Laurens. Life back in the United States however was not financially lucrative until his work as an illustrator began.
In 1903 Ebert married another artist and the pair settled in Greenwich, Connecticut where he began exhibiting in many of the most popular venues. By 1919 he had obtained such success that the couple moved to the thriving art colony near Old Lyme, Connecticut. Ten years earlier the couple had begun to spend their summers on the scenic Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine, which would serve as a favorite setting for many important artists.
By the 1920s Ebert and his wife were spending winters in Florida, and traveling actively between their summer home, and the Bahamas, as well as Sarasota, Florida where they were active in the Sarasota Art Association. Throughout this time Ebert continued to paint his landscape and marine subjects, as well as some portraiture.
His health began to fail in the mid-1950s, and this was the only period of his life that he did not produce a steady amount of work, though he was able to complete several final canvases.
His works are in several major American museums, including the Smithsonian and the Farnsworth Art Museum, among others.