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 Horace Brown  (1876 - 1949)

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Lived/Active: Vermont/Illinois      Known for: landscape and still life painting, illustration

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BIOGRAPHY for Horace Brown
1876 (Rockford, Illinois)
1949 (New York City)


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A student of the American Impressionist master Willard Metcalf, Horace Brown was perhaps his finest pupil and closest friend.  As remarked in the epic monograph on Metcalf, Sunlight and Shadow, the Life and Works of Willard Metcalf, at a time when Metcalf's wife left him, it was Brown, a state senator of Vermont, who reintroduced Metcalf to the joys of depicting on canvas the scenic vistas of the Green Mountains.

Brown's works can be characterized by divisionistic brushwork and a simple but direct composition.  It has been a hallmark of the greatest American paintings to be simple and direct in the composition, much like the clear and concise way Ernest Hemingway wrote, and Brown is no exception.

Horace Brown's works can be found in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA (America's oldest museum), the Wood Memorial Art Gallery in Montpelier, VT, and the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.

Alexander Boyle, who was featured on the television show "America's First River, Bill Moyers on the Hudson. Boyle worked with the Metropolitan Museum of Art as the Assistant Director of a film, "American Paradise, the World of the Hudson River School" and from 1988 to 2001 was Vice-President of Godel & Co. Fine Art in New York where he bought, sold and wrote about the artists of the Hudson River School, American marine painting, and American Impressionism.

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Horace Brown was born in Rockford, Illinois in 1876.  He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago and was a pupil of John Carlson and John C. Johansen.  After his 1900 visit to Saugatuck, Michigan he moved to New Jersey in 1913 and left there for Vermont in 1916.

Exhibition catalog: Painting The Town: A History of Art in Saugatuck and Douglas, 1997.  The Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society.

Submitted by Edward Bentley, Art Researcher, Lansing, Michigan

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