After studying privately with Gustave Le Gray in Paris and Fontainbleau, Greene made his first voyage to Egypt at the age of 21. Early in 1854, Greene traveled up the Nile to the Second Cataract. He made a number of views from the adjoining desert that contrasted with his stated mission to document archeological sites. It is these pure and minimal landscapes for which Greene is celebrated today.
Librairie orientale et américaine, Paris; Marie-Thérèse and André Jammes