Noyes began his artistic training with an apprenticeship at the Massachusetts Normal School. He then went to Paris to study under Courtois, Rixen and Le Blanc at the Academie Colorossi between 1891-1894. He held his first show in the United States in 1896 with fellow artists Maurice Pendergast, H. Burdick and S. L. Brackett. Shortly after 1900 he began teaching in Annisquam, Massachusetts and formed a local following. He held his first one-man show in 1906 at the Harfields Gallery in Boston.
View to the Seine was painted circa 1930 during one of Noyes' numerous trips to Europe. He had been there early in career with Prendergast and Herman D. Murphy but it was later in career that he executed these soft, misty views of France. Noyes had developed a distinct style combining soft color and short, deft strokes. This work is particularly pleasing and interesting as he has incorporated figures into the composition, something he did not often do. It is an ambitious, small work that undertakes the busy details of a day along the Seine. The delightful palette of soft greens, lavenders and pinks turn an industrial view into a charming and even alluring view of the Paris river.
Bequeathed by artist to Dr. & Mrs. Donald S. Ewing (A letter accompanies the painting)