Henry Joseph Breuer Biography

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Breuer studied art in Buffalo, NY in the 1870s.  From 1880-82 he was employed as a designer-decorator for the Rookwood Pottery Company in Cincinnati and, while in that capacity, attended the Cincinnati Art Academy.  During the next five years he was engaged in lithographic work and commercial mural decorations in New York City.  The year 1887 was spent in Salt Lake City as an employee of a decorative painting firm.  Breuer made two previous trips to San Francisco before settling there in 1888.  He then found employment as art editor for the San Francisco Chronicle and Californian magazine.  At the turn of the century he traveled to Paris for further art study and while there was greatly influenced by Corot and the Barbizon painters.  Breuer painted along the California coast from Santa Barbara to Oregon, working and living out of a horse-drawn wagon.  By 1905 Breuer was well known across the United States as a painter of poetic California landscapes.  He was awarded a gold medal for painting at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.  After his death on February 19, 1932, a memorial exhibition of his works was held at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.