Artist of the moment…. Artist Maurice Braun…



The artist was born in 1877 and died in 1941. He could paint great portraits as well as landscapes, but was known mainly for landscapes of the California area.

He was born in Hungary but when he was four years old the family moved to New York City. He studied art as he grew older and attended the National Academy of FineArts.While attending school here he studied mainly the French style of painting and learned from such artists as Francis Jones, George Maynard, and Edgar Ward. After finishing school he was able to study directly under the painter William Merritt Chase. After this experience he quit painting portraits and decided to trade New York City for the wilderness of California.  He was already known as painter of figures and portraits but wanted to fully study the landscape genre.

I will try and profile some of the well known California painters and please look at them and see how different artists try to exaggerate different themes. Artist Stock Schlueter goes for much color in the skies whereas this artist tends to lighten and grey out the skies giving the painting an airy and warm feeling. For instance I would say in the paintings listed here the mood of the day is happy, sunlit, and peaceful. In Mr. Schluter’s work many times a storm has just passed and you can feel the humidity and changing light in the air. This artist also paints great tree shapes. Don’t always draw or paint exactly what is in front of you, make the lines fun and exciting. This means learning some great tree shapes to draw and paint.

Try drawing or painting a tree and changing the skies to see if you can get the mood you are searching for. Many artists love to work with trees as the limbs are very similar to people the way the limbs grow and taper off.



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