MAURICE BRAUN Biography

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Braun was born in Nagy Bittse, Hungary on October 1, 1877.  Braun immigrated to the United States in 1881 and settled in New York City.  He began drawing at age three and in his early teens was apprenticed to a jeweler.  In 1897 he began a five year study period at the National Academy of Design followed with one year with William Merritt Chase.  He was an established portrait and figure painter in New York before moving to San Diego in 1910.  After opening a studio on Point Loma he founded the San Diego Academy of Art in 1912 and served as its director for many years.  In 1915 he was a co-founder of the San Diego Art Guild and in 1929 cofounded Contemporary Artists in San Diego.  Braun remained in San Diego except for the years 1922-1924 when he maintained a studio in Silvermine, Connecticut.  His Impressionist paintings of Southern California hills, the High Sierra's and Southwest deserts have brought him great national acclaim.  At the end of his career he specialized in still lifes of flowers and oriental objets d'art.  An avid follower of Theosophy, their teachings of the unity of nature and man is evident in his work.  Braun died in San Diego on November 7, 1941