Charles Caryl Coleman Paintings

Charles Caryl Coleman was an American expatriate artist born on April 25, 1840, in Buffalo, New York. He was known for his decorative paintings, interior design work, and his close association with the Aesthetic Movement, which emphasized the importance of beauty and form in the fine and decorative arts. Coleman initially studied art in New York and later traveled extensively in Europe, studying under Thomas Couture in Paris and then moving to Italy, which became his lifelong home and major source of inspiration.

Coleman's work often featured lush, exotic subjects and was influenced by his fascination with the Italian landscape, Renaissance art, and the burgeoning Aesthetic Movement. While he worked with various subjects, including portraiture and genre scenes, he is perhaps best known for his still life and floral compositions, which were often large-scale and ornately decorative.

In the 1870s, Coleman settled permanently in Capri, Italy, where he became a central figure in the island's expatriate artist community. His home, the Villa Narcissus, became a hub for artists, writers, and intellectuals. Coleman's circle included prominent figures such as Frank Hyde and John Singer Sargent, with whom he maintained close friendships.

Throughout his career, Coleman exhibited his works in the United States and Europe. His paintings were shown at venues such as the National Academy of Design in New York and the Paris Salon. Despite the popularity of his works during his lifetime, Coleman's name is not as widely recognized today as some of his contemporaries.

Charles Caryl Coleman passed away on December 4, 1928, in Capri, leaving behind a legacy of work that embodies the cross-cultural exchanges between American artists and European traditions, and reflects the aesthetic preoccupations of his era.