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Belmore Browne

(Tomkinsville, NY, 1880 - 1954, Ross, CA)

Belmore Brown is considered a Pacific Northwest Painter and Mountaineer. He was an artist, writer, explorer, mountain climber, and hunter. Browne grew up in New York and studied at the New York School of Art and at Academie Julian in Paris. In his 20's, Browne often traveled in parts of Alaska, exploring the landscape and wildlife. After 1905, he turned his attentions to mountain climbing. Browne climbed with exhibition groups Mount Olympus in Washington, and Mount McKinley in Alaska three times. He published a book in 1913 about those three trips called The Conquest of Mount McKinley. Browne served in World War I. He and his wife Agnes then moved to Canada, spending their winters in California. He was director of the Santa Barbara School of Arts, and painted background murals of animal habitats for historical museums. His paintings of animals and wildlife are described as bold, expressive, and naturally detailed. A lot of his paintings are found in historical museums in Canada and in the United States. Browne is most well-known for painting the Canadian Rockies. The largest collection of these paintings can be found in the Glenbow-Alberta Institute in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


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