Artist Biography

Henry Joseph BREUER
1860 - 1932

Henry Joseph 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, while in that capacity, 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 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 California coast from Santa Barbara to Oregon working and living out of a horse-drawn wagon, and by 1905 was well known in the United States as a painter of poetic California landscapes. After his death in San Francisco on February 19, 1932, a memorial exhibition of his works was held at the California Palace of Legion of Honor. Member: Bohemian Club; San Francisco Art Ass'n; English Art Club (London); Society of American Artists (Paris). Exhibited: San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1895, 1904; Mark Hopkins Art Institute, 1896; Cincinnati, 1904; Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St Louis), 1904; Bohemian Club, 1905 (first prize); Pasadena, 1907; Alaska-Yukon Exposition (Seattle), 1909 (silver medal); Berlin and Munich, 1910; Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1915 (gold medal). Works held: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Crocker Museum (Sacramento); Mills College (Oakland); California Historical Society; Bohemian Club; Oakland Museum; Society of California Pioneers.

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