The majority of painter George Loftus Noyes' works have been lost due to the artist's great misfortunes - first in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and lastly to a barn fire at his final home in New Hampshire. Luckily Noyes had exhibited widely throughout his career, earning a good reputation and selling his works, which now serve as the primary remaining examples of his art.
He had been born to an American couple living in Canada. When his father died, Noyes' mother returned to Massachusetts with her three children and started a boarding house. At the age of fifteen Noyes was taking lessons from George Bartlett, and by 1885 was working professionally in the New England Glass Company as a painter on glass.
By 1890 he was able to head to Paris where he enrolled in the studios of several well-known painters, including Gustave Courtois. Only a year later he was working mostly "en plein air" in the French countryside, and would soon successfully submit to the Paris Salon.
By 1892 he had returned to America and opened a studio in Boston. He would exhibit locally for many years to come. He began taking painting excursions to areas around New England, and even headed to Mexico for his subject matter. In 1903 he began taking students at his studio, including N.C. Wyeth.
He remained in Boston until the 1930s when he moved first to Vermont and then New Hampshire where he lost his remaining works to the barn fire. He was one of Boston's most well-known landscape painters during the early years of the twentieth century, and his work had slowly transformed from an Impressionist style to a distinctly Post-Impressionist manner. His paintings are in the collections of several major museums.