Maurice Braun (1877–1941) was an American artist who became known for Impressionist landscapes of southern California. He was born in Hungary on October 1, 1877, however by the age of four young Maurice and the Braun family had migrated to the United States and settled in New York City. His professional studies took him to the National Academy of Fine Arts where he studied the French tradition under Francis C. Jones, George W. Maynard and Edgar M. Ward.
In 1901 Braun trained under the American painter William Merritt Chase (1849–1916). He established himself as a figure and portrait painter in New York City, but in 1909 he left for California. Maurice Braun died in San Diego, California on November 7, 1941.
- Hallgarten Prize, National Academy of Design, 1900;
- Gold Medal, Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, 1915-16.
- Salmagundi Club
- Laguna Beach Art Association
- San Diego Fine Arts Association.
Galleries and Public Collections
- Steven Stern Fine Arts, Beverly Hills, CA
- Maurice Braun Gallery, California
- Houston Museum, Texas
- Laguna Art Museum, California
- Irvine Museum, Irvine, California
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- San Diego Museum of Art.
- The Redfern Gallery Laguna Beach, CA
- William A. Karges Fine Art
- Literature: Second Nature, Four Early San Diego Landscape Painters by Milton E. Peterson, 1991;
- Literature: Artists in California, 1786-1940, by Edan Milton Hughes, 1989;
- Literature: Plein Air Painters of the Southland, by Ruth Lily Westphal, 1996.
- Paintings by Maurice Braun, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries (fully available online as PDF)
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