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A rebellious demonstration in his teenage years allowed artist Maurice Braun to receive formal training in art. His family had plans for him to study jewelry making, but after his passionate demonstrations against the plan, he began his path to a successful career in painting.

Maurice Braun began early in his life to copy the works of the masters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; from there he entered the National Academy of Design where he focused on still life and portraiture. His studies brought him to the Chase School, where he was a devoted student of William Merritt Chase, until 1902 when he headed to Europe to continue his practice of copying old Master paintings.

When Maurice Braun returned to New York a year later he felt ready to pursue a professional career and began working as a portrait and figure painter. By 1910 his membership in the Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical Society inspired him to relocate to California, where the Society gave him a studio in Point Loma. This location transformed him almost instantly into a landscape painter.

Painting by Maurice Braun titled: Entrance to the Valley.

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During this time Maurice Braun began to paint outdoors (En Plein-Air) in an Impressionistic style more favorable to the strong colors and lighting of the region. He successfully captured scenes of the California hills and mountains, including the High Sierras and the desert southwest. He worked this way for eleven years, and in 1921 decided to begin splitting his time between the West Coast and his studio in Silvermine, Connecticut.

Both regions allowed Maurice Braun to play with color and form in the ways he loved best, and both presented a diverse array of textures and challenges to him as an artist. Though never assigned to any particular school of painting, it is Braun's skills as a colorist and his perception of light and form that often find him placed in the Impressionist school, though he never agreed with many of that particular school's principles. Instead Braun would be known for his balance in composition, color relations and successful creation of space and not for a particular technique.

During his lifetime, Maurice Braun was most active when in the San Diego, California area, where he had founded the San Diego Fine Arts Academy as well as the San Diego Art Guild. Years later he would also help to start the Contemporary Artists in San Diego as well as participating actively in many area clubs and leagues. It was here, in San Diego, California where Maurice Braun continued to live until his death in 1941.


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1900 Hallgarten Prize, National Academy of Design
1915-1916 Gold Medal, Panama-California Exposition, San Diego


Salmagundi Club, New York, New York
Laguna Beach Art Association


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