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Claude Buck was born in Bronx, New York in 1890.  He studied art with his father William Robert Buck, at the National Academy of Design in 1904 with Emil Carlsen Kenyon Cox, George deForest Brush, Francis C. Jones and George W. Maynard.  He also studied for a time in Munich, Germany.  As an art student he was called ''Kid Hassam'' for his emulation of the master.  He worked at the Willet Stained Glass Studios and briefly as a theatre scene painter.  In 1914 be began to support himself as a portrait painter.  In 1919 he moved to Chicago and began teaching drawing and painting, eventually taking over Bellow's class at the Art Institute of Chicago.  He remained in Chicago throughout the 1930's and in the early 1940 moved to Southern California where he painted in Santa Cruz, Oakland, Carmel and also in Laguna Beach where he occasionally exhibited.  Buck died in Santa Barbara in 1974.