Joseph Browne was born in 1862 in England. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and in Paris. He emigrated to Canada in 1888, taking classes with William Cruikshank in Toronto.
Browne was a founding member of the Canadian Art Club in 1907, along with his contemporaries James Wilson Morrice, Horatio Walker, Homer Watson, William Brymner and others. The mandate of the group was to hold exhibitions and promote the cause of Canadian art. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and the Pen and Pencil Club of Montreal.
From 1923 to 1927 Browne lived in Montréal, and from 1927 to 1948 in Lancaster, Ontario. He made sketching trips to the Laurentians, and is best known for his romantic landscapes, such as this ethereal painting with its striking cloud formations and soft, glowing colour.
Browne’s work is represented in the collections of both the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada. He was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists and The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Browne died in 1948.