American born George Loring Brown would become well-known for his French landscapes due to his nearly twenty year stay in Italy, from 1840 to 1859. He would also gain popular notice for his American landscapes, becoming one of the most well known painters of the nineteenth century.
He was born in Boston and decided very early in his life that he wanted to be an artist. He was first apprenticed to an engraver and illustrated children's books before taking up oil painting. His landscapes were so well done that a single sale enabled him to pursue formal training in Europe in 1832.
He traveled to Paris where he studied with Eugene Isabey for a year and then returned to Boston. For the next seven years he worked in a Romantic style, under the guidance of Washington Allston, exhibiting frequently and deciding to return to Europe in 1839. He spent the next two decades as a professional landscape painter of good repute and a popular choice of many American and European travelers who wanted to return with beautifully rendered works of their favorite scenes.
When he returned to the United States in 1859 he began painting views of the White Mountains in New Hampshire, but later in his career he returned to European views and landscapes. His work was noted for its use of "macchiorelli" which was an Impressionist technique of using color to create effects with light and shadow.
His paintings are in many private and public collections, including museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.