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Artist Biography

 Among all the artists of the Lyme Art Colony, Charles Vezin possessed the strongest ties to the practical world. Born in Philadelphia, Vezin first worked as a traveling salesman before founding the dry-goods firm of Hinchman, Veste & Co. in 1895. At age 41, having decided to apply his considerable industry to art, he joined the Art Students League in New York where he studied with Frank Dumond and George Bruestle. By 1902 he had been elected to membership in the Salmagundi Club, a prestigious art club. He became its president from 1911 to 1915 and was a president as well of the Brooklyn Art Association. By 1909 he had had work in nine successive exhibitions at the National Academy of Design, and he was exhibiting with the Lyme Art Association, at the Carnegie Institute, the Corcoran Gallery, and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He became most famous for his Impressionist views of the lower Manhattan skyline and harbor, both appropriate subjects for an artist uncommonly vested in economic pursuits. His work received immediate and lavish acclaim.

Vezin eventually relocated to Old Lyme, where he traded New York’s cityscape for southeastern Connecticut’s pastoral landscape. He last moved to Coral Gables, Florida, where he died in 1942.