Artist Biography

1875 - 1955

DEL MUE, Maurice Auguste (1875-1955). Painter, illustrator, muralist. Born in Paris, France on November 24, 1875. About 1880 Del Mué moved with his family to San Francisco where he later studied art at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Mathews and Joullin. In the late 1890s he returned to Paris for further study under Gérôme at Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Upon returning to San Francisco, he established a studio and began receiving favorable reviews for his paintings by the local press. In 1902 he joined fellow artists Piazzoni, Putnam, C. P. Neilson, W. H. Bull, M. Sandona, and Blendon Campbell in forming the California Society of Artists as a protest to the conservative attitudes of the San Francisco Art Ass'n. During the 1920s Del Mué worked as a staff artist for the San Francisco Chronicle and later in the art department of Foster & Kleiser (billboards). While working in commercial art, he designed many prominent logos which are still in use (Hills Brothers Coffee, Schillings Coffee, Southern Pacific Railroad, and others). In 1941 he moved across the Golden Gate to Marin County and lived in Kentfield until his death on Jan. 24, 1955. Painting in a style that evolved from the Post-Impressionists, Del Mué was motivated by color and often boasted that he had his own blue. Best known for his landscapes, many of the High Sierra, he also painted still lifes and portraits. Member: San Francisco Art Ass'n; Bohemian Club; Marin Society of Artists. Exhibited: Royal Academy (London); Hotel Oakland; Mark Hopkins Institute, 1906; San Francsico Art Ass'n and Bohemian Club annuals; Del Monte Art Gallery, 1907-12; Panama Pacific Int'l Expo, 1915 (silver medal); Calif. State Fair, 1934 (hon. mention); San Francisco Museum of Art, 1935; Golden Gate Int'l Expo, 1939. Works held: Oakland Museum; De Young Museum. Murals: College of Marin; Tamalpais High School; Lagunitas School; Officer's Lounge, Hamilton Air Force Base; Union Jr. College (Kentfield).

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