Bruce Crane was a popular landscape painter, known for his tonal landscapes that conveyed fall and winter seasons. Also a teacher, Crane was influenced by the French Barbizon school of painting and had a studio for many years in Old Lyme, Connecticut. He also painted on Long Island, the Catskills, and the Adirondacks. In 1882, he spent time in France at the colony at Grez-sur-Loring with Birge Harrison, Kenyon Cox, and Alexander Wyant. He also maintained a studio in New York City until he moved to Bronxville in 1914. He became a member of the National Academy of Design, the American Water Color Society, the Salmagundi Club, the Society of American Artists, and the Grand Central Art Galleries.