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Maurice Braun (1877 - 1941)
California Impressionist
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Maurice Braun(1877-1941)

Born: Nagy Bittse, Hungary.

Maurice Braun immigrated with his family to the U.S. in 1881 and settled in NYC.

In 1897 he began a five year study period at the NAD followed by one year with Wm M. Chase. Braun was an established portrait and figure painter in New York before moving to San Diego in 1910. After opening a studio on Point Loma, he founded the San Diego Academy of Art in 1912 and served as its director for many years. Braun remained in San Diego except for the years 1922-24 when he maintained a studio in Silvermine, CT.

Maurice Braun's Impressionist paintings of the Southwest desert, southern California hills, and High Sierra brought him great national acclaim. At the end of his career he specialized in still lifes of flowers and oriental objets d'art. An ardent follower of Theosophy, their teachings of the unity of nature and man is evident in his work. .

Maurice Braun biography by Edan Hughes.