|Henry J. Breuer |
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"Carmel Sand Dunes"
Oil on Canvas
26 x 30 inches
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Painter, illustrator and muralist, Henry J. Breuer was born on August 16, 1860 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the 1870s Breuer studied art in Buffalo, New York. From 1880-82, he was employed as a designer-decorator for the Rookwood Pottery company in Cincinnati and attended the Art Academy there. During the next five years he was engaged in lithographic work and mural decorations in New York City. The year 1887 was spent in Salt Lake City as an employee of a decorative painting firm. Breuer made two previous trips to San Francisco before settling there in 1888. He soon found employment as an art editor for the Chronicle and Californian magazine. At the turn of the century he traveled to Paris for further art study and while there was greatly influenced by Corot and the Barbizon painters. Breuer painted along the Califoria coast from Santa Barbara to Oregon working and living out of a horse-drawn wagon, and by 1905 was well known in the U.S. as a painter of poetic California landscapes. After his death in San Francisco on Feb. 19, 1932, a memorial exhibition of his works was held at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
Member: Bohemian Club; San Francisco Art Association; English Art Club, London; Society of American Artists, Paris.
Exhibitions: SFAA, 1895, 1904; Mark Hopkins Art Institute, San Francisco, 1896; Cincinnati, 1904; Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, 1904; Bohemian Club, 1905 (1st prize); Pasadena, 1907; Alaska-Yukon Exposition, Seattle,1909 (silver medal).
Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Crocker Museum, Sacramento; Mills College, Oakland; California Historical Society; Bohemian Club; Oakland Museum; Society of California Pioneers.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.