Landscape painter, John Appleton Brown would work in oil and pastel and become known for his bright soft pictures full of fine and often poetic feeling. He is considered an American Impressionist, though he was close friends with many American members of the Barbizon school of landscape painting.
He had studied in Boston, under Benjamin Porter, before heading to Paris where he would work with more influential teachers such as Camille Corot and Charles-Francois Daubigny. These two painters of the Barbizon School would have a lasting impact on all of Brown's works.
He returned home to Boston in 1868, and after marrying in 1874, he and his new bride returned to France and stayed with Corot while they painted in the surrounding countryside.
Upon their return to the United States a year later, Brown opened a studio and befriended several important American artists who were also painting in the same style, including William Morris Hunt. Brown soon gained a popular following for his spring scenes, and would continue to paint New England landscapes for the rest of his career.
During this period he also became familiar with Celia Thaxter who was a successful poet, and who also hosted many artists and writers in her home off the New Hampshire coast. Brown and his wife would spend time during their summers with Thaxter and her many influential guests which frequently included fellow painters of American Impressionism, such as Childe Hassam.
In the early 1890s he established a studio in New York, and became a member of the National Academy as well as the Society of American Artists, where he continued to exhibit until the year of his death.
His works are in many major museum collections including the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston and the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut.