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Benjamin Chambers Brown
1865 - 1942

Known for impressionist landscapes of the Sierra and fields of poppies, Benjamin Brown (1865-1942) worked in oil, lithography, and etching. He studied at the University of Tennessee and the St. Louis School of Fine Arts.

Early on his interest was in photography, and he attended the Academy Julian in Paris. After returning to the midwest, he came to Pasadena in 1896 where he often painted scenes of the San Gabriel Mountains, and nearby in the California

Benjamin Brown Photo

His work is exhibited in these museums, including
Smithsonian Institution,
National Museum Of American History Graphic Arts Collection, Washington , DC
Fleischer Museum in Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
Irvine Museum, Irvine , CA
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland , CA,
San Diego Museum of Art Balboa Park, San Diego , CA
Orange County Art Museum, Newport Beach , CA
Pasadena Museum Of History, Pasadena , CA

Source: Askart

Desert and the Grand Canyon. He established a etchings business with his brother, Printmakers of Los Angels, which later became known as the California Society of Printmakers.

The Irvine Museum has a biographical sketch of Benjamin Brown on display, and in it they tell an interesting tale of Benjamin Brown's pride in the quality of California Art. "An avid impressionist, he was outspoken in his criticism of other styles of art. He had patrons both in California and in the East. Once, hoping to encourage more sales, a New York dealer suggested that Brown open a studio there and

Benjamin Chambers Brown Poppies and Eucalyptus Midsized Thumbnail
Poppies and Eucalyptus
Benjamin Brown The Joyous Garden
On view at the Irvine Museum through June 11, '11
Benjamin Brown, Oil on canvas, The Joyous Garden 1910 30 x 40

conceal the fact that he was from California. Brown flatly refused and from then on defiantly added 'California' below his signature, affirming to all who saw his paintings his pride in being a Californian."

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