Charles Murray Foster was an American artist born in 1919 who painted and lived in New York. Although little is known about his life, Foster was a remarkable artist.

Foster was deployed to northern France in 1944. During that time he sketched and wrote in detail about the French people and landscape. In a letter he wrote to a friend, he compares the French landscape to Connecticut and describes the people “like the apples; red, small and a bit on the side of vinegar.”

Once the war had ended, Foster attended the Art Students League in New York, learning from Reginald Marsh, Kenneth H. Miller, Julian Levi and John Carroll.

Foster won the McDowell Fellowship at the Art Students League in 1947, exhibiting at juried shows in 1947 and 1948 at the National Academy of Design, as well as the Corcoran Biennial Exhibition. Foster’s first major show was held at the Morris Gallery in 1951. The New York gallery exhibited eight of his paintings.

Little is known of Foster’s art career after the 1960s. Foster painted at his studio in Greenwich Village and lived on Hudson Street in the forties and fifties.


Charles Murray Foster passed away in 1994.

Works by Charles Murray Foster