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Maurice Braun

(Nagy Bittse, Hungary, 1877 - 1941, San Diego, CA)

Maurice Braun was born in Hungary and immigrated to New York City in 1881 with his family. As a boy, he was often found copying works of art at the Metropolitan Museum. He studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in the French Academic traditions (1897-1902). For one year after that he studied with William Merritt Chase at the Chase School (later known as the New York School). He traveled and painted in Austria, Germany, and Hungary in 1902. Braun was a portrait and figure painter when he returned to New York City. He decided to move to San Diego to avoid the influence of his fellow artists and to progress in his talent. In California, he became an impressionist landscape artist. He became famous for his landscape paintings and today is considered one of San Diego's most famous early painters. Braun was an asset to the Southern California landscape school along with the other famous local artists such as Charles Reiffel, Charles A. Fries, Leon Bonnet and Elliot Torrey. Maurice Braun had two studios; one in San Diego and the other in Old Lyme, Connecticut. He won the the Hallgarten Prize at the National Academy of Design (1900), and the Gold Medal at the Panama-California Exposition in San Diego in (1915,1916). Today, Braun's paintings are found in the Houston Museum in Texas, and in California in the following museums: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, and the San Diego Museum of Art.

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