Cora Fischer Braun
(1885 - 1973)
Cora Fischer Braun was active/lived in Tennessee, Minnesota. Cora Braun is known for landscape painting, crafts, teaching, writing.
Cora Fischer Braun
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Braun, Cora Fischer
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(1885 Jordon, Minnesota-1973, Redwood Falls, Minnesota)
Also known as Cora Fischer-Braun
Painter, craftsperson, writer, lecturer, and teacher, Cora Fischer Braun was born in Jordan, Minnesota to Hermann and Dora (Kromer) Fischer. She was the middle child of five brothers and sisters, and lived at Bird Island, Minnesota during her childhood and into her mid 20s. Although sometimes her maiden name is spelled Fisher, she is listed in Peter Falk’s Who Was Who in American Art with the maiden name of Fischer, and this spelling is reinforced on ancestry.com and by a great niece, Sue Fisher.
Records indicate that Cora had been an instructor in 1918 to 1919 at the University of Nebraska School of Fine Arts, and that when she arrived, she was in her mid thirties, and was well credentialed as both a teacher and fine art painter. She had been a student at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where her distinguished teachers included Daniel Garber, Hugh Breckenridge, Joseph Pearson, William Merritt Chase, Edwin Blashfield, and Cecilia Beaux.
When Cora took her teaching job at the University of Nebraska, she had been widowed for three years, since 1915, from Professor Frederick Augustus Braun, a noted German literature scholar. She had met him at the University of Iowa, where he had been a teacher, and she had earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1914.
After holding her teaching position in Lincoln at the University of Nebraska, Cora took a teaching job at Ohio State University from 1919 and 1920, and then, having accepted a teaching job at the University of Tennessee, she based herself in Knoxville.
From there in 1921 and 1922, she traveled in Europe, and was enrolled as an art student at the Academie Julian in Paris. In 1930, she, age forty-five, was living in Washington, Iowa.
She died at Redwood Falls in her birth state of Minnesota on March 7, 1973.
Ancestry.com (Braun family records)
Editor, "The Iowa Alumnus, "Volume 13, p. 31, Google Books, Web, Jan. 2014
Falk, Peter Hastings, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art, Volume I, Print
Fisher, Sue, Email to Lonnie Dunbier, 7/13/2016, verifying that Fischer was
correct spelling of the family name.
Researched, written, and copyrighted by Lonnie Pierson Dunbier, 2015
Museum of Nebraska Art Project:
Their Place, Their Time: Women Artists in Nebraska, 1820s-1940s
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