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Meyer Straus

 (1831 - 1905)
Meyer Straus was active/lived in California, Illinois / Germany.  Meyer Straus is known for landscape-street, animal and still life painting.

Biography  
Meyer Straus


Biography from the Archives of askART

Meyer Straus was born in Bavaria in 1831.  He emigrated from Germany to the U.S. in 1848.  For a short while he lived in Ohio and in 1853 moved to St Louis, MO where he worked as a scene painter in the Old Pine Street Theater. 

After a few years in Mobile, New Orleans, and other parts of the South, in 1872 he moved to Chicago where he painted scenery at Hooley's Theater.  Due to failing health and the severe winters, he was forced to seek a milder climate.  In 1875 Straus made his final move to San Francisco where he continued painting theatrical scenery for Tom Maguire, proprietor of the Bush Street Theater, and for the Grand Opera House. 

In 1876 he made a painting trip to Aspen, CO.  Returning to San Francisco, in 1877 he abandoned theater work to devote full time to easel painting.  After establishing a studio at 728 Montgomery, he began making sketching trips to Yosemite, Marin County, the Monterey Peninsula, and Oregon.  He illustrated these scenes in Century and other national magazines.  In 1890 he became a U.S. citizen and by that time was supporting himself with his paintings. 

An accomplished and prolific oil painter, his oeuvre includes still lifes of fruit and flowers, missions, figure and interior studies, and his forte, landscapes of northern California. 

Straus died in San Francisco on March 11, 1905. 

Exh:  SFAA, 1875-1910; Mechanics' Inst. (SF), 1875-97; Calif. State Fair, 1879-96 (medals); New Orleans Expo, 1885; Bohemian Club. 

In: Nevada Museum (Reno); Oakland Museum; CHS; Society of Calif. Pioneers.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
The Golden Era Magazine, April 1885; Bay of San Francisco.

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Biography from CalART.com
MEYER STRAUS (1831-1905) was born in Bavaria in 1831. He emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1848. For a short while he lived in Ohio and in 1853 moved to St Louis, Missouri where he obtained employment as a scene painter in the Old Pine Street Theater. After a few years in Mobile, New Orleans, and other parts of the South, he moved to Chicagoin 1872 where he painted scenery at Hooley's Theater.

Due to failing health and the severe winters, he was forced to seek a milder climate. In 1875 Straus made his final move to San Francisco where he continued painting theatrical scenery for Tom Maguire, proprietor of the Bush Street Theater, and for the Grand Opera House. In 1876 he made a painting trip to Aspen, Colorado. Returning to San Francisco, in 1877 he abandoned theater work to devote full time to easel painting.

After establishing a studio at 728 Montgomery, he began making sketching trips into Yosemite, Marin County, the Monterey Peninsula, and Oregon. He illustrated these scenes in "Century" and other national magazines. In 1890 he became a United States citizen and by that time was supporting himself with his paintings.

An accomplished oil painter, his oeuvre includes still lifes of fruit and flowers, missions, figure and interior studies, and his forte, landscapes of northern California. He died in San Francisco on March 11, 1905 at his home at 1604 Steiner Street.

Member: Bohemian Club; San Francisco Art Ass'n.
Exhibited: New Orleans Expo, 1885 (honorable mention); California State Fair, 1891 (medal); San Francisco Art Ass'n; Mechanics' Institute Fairs; Bohemian Club. Works held: Nevada Museum; California Historical Society; Oakland Museum; Society of California Pioneers.

Biographical information courtesy Edan Hughes.


Biography from Charleston Renaissance Gallery
MEYER STRAUS (1831-1905)

Meyer Straus was born in Bavaria and immigrated to America in 1848, initially studying art in New York. He later lived in St. Louis and other Southern cities, establishing a studio for himself in Chicago in 1872. Straus operated from this location for two years, largely sustaining himself by painting theater scenery.

Straus traveled and painted extensively throughout the West, but, as a result of poor health, relocated to San Francisco, which became his city of residence for the remainder of his life. In 1877, he dedicated himself to easel painting and was involved in a number of art organizations including the San Francisco Art Association and the Bohemian Club.

He worked in watercolor as well as oil and is most recognized for figurative and regional landscape subjects, producing scenes of Native Americans, wildlife, and the West and South, including such works as Bayou Landscape.


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About  Meyer Straus

Born:  1831 - Bavaria, Germany
Died:   1905 - San Francisco, California
Known for:  landscape-street, animal and still life painting