The C- painter was one of the most important - Attic black-figure vases painter. His works are dated approximately in the period 575-555 BC.
His Notnamen got the C- painter by archaeologist John D. Beazley. The C stands for Corinthianising, korinthisierend. He is the successor of the Komasten group and even painted some older vessel shapes that also took advantage of this group, including Lekanen, Dreifusskothone and skyphoi. Other vessels, such as lekythoi with pronounced shoulders no longer belong to the previous typical Lekythenform of " Deianeira " type, although the type has in other concurrent workshops still existed. The C- painters painted the first Attic painter shells without stepped lip, the button Henkel shell.
Like his Notname suggests, the C- painters oriented Corinthian models. He painted warriors in single combat, riders, and symposiasts Komasten. He used opaque white for details as it was usual in the Corinthian painting, but used to Attic art: the color was applied to the black color and not reproduced in outline drawing. With its mythological images, he already stood out, however, on the Corinthian models. He showed it in longer Friesen, reminiscent of images of the Gorgon Painter or Kleitias. His characters he drew carefully, often with a slightly big head. They seem pretty powerful. A special characteristic of his paintings are heads of animals he paints as a shield characters
Especially important are his achievements as Siana Cup painter. He is regarded as the earliest, best and thus most important painter of this vase genus. Shells were produced probably towards the end of the career in his workshop, reminiscent of later -edge bowls. As most quality work is the lid of a Lekanis, which today is located in Naples. It is the earliest showing the death of astyanax. On a vase painter there is the residue of an inscription: ... epoie eiron. So close is that the painter was called Cheiron or Pheiron.