Remarkably, the popular painter and printmaker Benjamin Chambers Brown did not make a commercial sale of his landscape work until the year 1900. Before that time he had been studying in St. Louis and then in Paris. When he returned from his European studies he began a career in still life and portrait paintings. It wasn't until he moved to Pasadena, California however that he began what would become a lucrative and satisfying career as a landscape painter.
Brown would come to be known as one of the first Pasadena "plein air" Impressionistic painters. He headed to the poppy fields and scenic wonders of the southern California region for his subjects and demand for his canvases soon exploded.
Brown was also interested in other art forms and mediums and during his career he explored photography, oil and watercolor painting as well as lithography and etching. In 1914 he and his brother founded the Printmakers of Los Angeles which would later become the California Society of Printmakers.
His work is currently owned by some of the largest museums in the world including the British Museum and the Smithsonian. The artist won dozens of awards throughout his career including medals at the Seattle and Portland Expos and the Panama-California Expo. The Pasadena Museum of California Art staged a retrospective of Brown's work from October of 2007 to January of 2008 entitled "California Colors: Benjamin Chambers Brown" which saw support from major galleries and museums from around the country.