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Stetson, Charles Walter

Charles Walter Stetson's dream-like landscapes, inspired by pagan ritual and mythic lore, have a mystical quality. His painting has been compared to that of Albert Pinkham Ryder, George Inness, and Thomas Dewing. Born in Tiverton, Rhode Island, Stetson was self-taught. He opened a studio in Providence in 1878, becoming friends with George Whitaker and Edward Bannister. He was a founding member of the Providence Art Club. Early in his career he painted in Canada and taught etching. In 1884 he married Charlotte Perkins (later Gilman), a commerical artist and student at the Rhode Island School of Design who later became an acclaimed writer. Their marriage was difficult, and when Charlotte traveled to California to recuperate from depression, Stetson followed. The two were divorced in 1890, but Stetson felt a spiritual connection to California and remained there for many years. He later married Grace Ellery Channing and moved to Rome around 1905, where he spent the remainder of his life. He struggled financially for much of his career, and his diaries record his frustrations trying to find patrons. Stetson's only child, Katherine Beecher Stetson, from his first marriage, also became an artist, studying with William Chase and Cecilia Beaux. No items found.