Pastelist. Born in Alameda, CA on Feb. 18, 1889 into a pioneer California family. Edwin's father was a prosperous tea importer and a partner of Max and Joseph Brandenstein (founders of MJB Coffee). The family estate in Alameda at 2044 Alameda Avenue was complete with stables, tennis courts, and greenhouses to hold the family's orchid collection. During WWI Edwin served in the infantry. Upon returning home he began painting without the benefit of art training. Initially he worked in oils but soon abandoned that medium in favor of pastels. Reared in affluence, the artist cared little for money or social postition and for many years maintained a home and studio in the attic at 1819 Central Avenue in Alameda. He was also a fine musician and plaNearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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