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Maurice Braun (1877-1941)
Maurice Braun was born in Hungary in 1877, and moved with his family to New York at the age of 4. Originally destined to apprentice with a jeweler, Braun protested and was allowed to pursue fine art studies.
Braunís formal training was at the National Academy of Design in New York, which was followed by a trip to Europe in 1902, where he studied and copied the works of the old masters. When Braun returned to New York the following year, he began to establish a fine reputation as a portrait artist.
Braunís association with the Theosophical Society brought him out to California in 1909, where he ultimately settled in San Diego and focused his energies on landscape painting. Braun received national recognition and acclaim for his soft impressionistic and atmospheric southern California landscapes. During the 1920ís Braun divided his time between San Diego and the artistís colony of Silvermine, Connecticut, where he also maintained a studio.
Maurice Braun was tirelessly dedicated to the San Diego art community. In 1912 he founded the San Diego Fine Arts Academy, which he also directed for several years. He co-founded two other groups as well: the San Diego Art Guild in 1915, and the Contemporary Artists in San Diego, in 1929. Maurice Braun continued to live in San Diego until his death there in 1941.
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