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 Edward Vincent Brewer  (1883 - 1971)

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Lived/Active: Minnesota/New York      Known for: commercial illustration, portrait and landscape painting

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from Auction House Records.
Fifty-Fifty Advertisement, Cream of Wheat, 1923;
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
From Saint Paul, Minnesota, Edward Brewer was a commercial artist, muralist and portrait painter whose style is sometimes compared to that of Norman Rockwell. For 15 years beginning in 1911, he was employed by Emery Maples Company to do weekly ads for their major client, Cream of Wheat, and for this assignment, he created the character "Rastus", making a three dimensional portrait bust, from which he did various angle facial depictions. In total, he is credited with 102 ads for Cream of Wheat.

Brewer grew up in Saint Paul in a family of six boys whose parents were Rose Koempel Brewer and his father was Nicholas Brewer, a noted portrait painter. Edward's brother, Adrian became a landscape painter. 

Prior to working on the Cream of Wheat ads, Edward had commercial art clients including Field and Stream magazine and Abercrombie & Fitch. Starting in the 1940s, after working for Cream of Wheat, Brewer was commissioned by the Jensen Printing Company of Minneapolis to do their annual calendar paintings.

He studied in New York at the Art Students League with Kenyon Cox, Walter Appleton Clark, Frank DuMond, and John Twachtmann, and with his father, Nicholas Brewer.

In the 1930s, Brewer persuaded the Northern Pacific Railroad to pay for transportation and lodging for his family in exchange for painting scenes along the way. One of his subjects was Yellowstone Park with images of Old Faithful geyser.

His work is in the capitol building in St. Paul, the Swedish Institute in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota.

Dave Stivers, Cream of Wheat Advertising Art
Peter Hassrick, Drawn to Yellowstone
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

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