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Henry Joseph Breuer (1860-1932)

 

Known as a northern California plein air artist, Henry Joseph Breuer was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1860.  As a young man, Breuer took a job at the very popular Rookwood Pottery Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio.  While at Rookwood, Brueur enjoyed access to fine arts instruction that was made available at the Studio.

 

Following five years as a lithographer in New York, Breuer moved to San Francisco in 1888, where he took a job as the art editor for the San Franciso Chronicle and the Californian Magazine.  His time in publishing ended when he left for further art studies in Europe, where he was most taken by the Barbizon artists of northern France.

 

Upon his return to California, Henry Breuer traveled California, Oregon and Arizona, sketching the states from a horse-drawn wagon.  His works from this time were very well received, and in 1915 Breuer was awarded a Gold Medal at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition.  Henry Joseph Breuer ultimately died in his adopted city of San Francisco in 1932.



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