An Old Lyme colony painter, an Impressionist and an artist known for his landscapes, Charles Morris Young was particularly known for choosing homes as the subjects of his paintings.
He came to Old Lyme in 1907. By that time, Young was already an accomplished artist and enjoyed an international reputation. He had been the recipient of several awards and was a favorite of critics.
In his earlier career, Charles Morris Young had worked from a Barbizon palette, preferring the somber, rich tones of that school. His style evolved, however, probably encouraged by the creativity of the Old Lyme environment and he became an Impressionist, painting many of the historic homes in the area around Old Lyme. One of his pieces graces a panel at the Griswold house where the Old Lyme artists boarded, a honor reserved for the best of their number.
His paintings are popular with collectors and rarer than they should have been. A house fire claimed 300 of his works, reducing the historical catalog of this important American artist. His Impressionist phase did not last from his time at Old Lyme onward. Upon moving to Maine later in life, he adopted a more realist style, lighter brushwork and a softer palate.