Milton W. Brown


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Art historian, educator, and painter. A leader in the study of American art, Milton Wolf Brown was born in Newark, New Jersey, and educated at New York University, where he earned a BA in 1932, an MA three years later, and a PhD in 1949 from the university's Institute of Fine Arts. He also studied painting privately with Louis Lozowick and at the National Academy of Design with Leon Kroll. After returning from World War II service in the U.S. Army, in 1946 he began teaching at Brooklyn College, where he remained for twenty-five years. He then accepted a position at the City University of New York, where he served until 1979 as the first director of a graduate program that achieved considerable success in promoting American art as a field of scholarly endeavor. In addition to his most influential book, the groundbreaking American Painting from the Armory Show to the Depression (1955), his publications include Painting of the French Revolution (1938), The Story of the Armory Show (1963), and American Art to 1900: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture (1977). He continued to paint throughout his life, specializing in atmospheric watercolor views done on his travels. He died while on one such sojourn, in Miami Beach, Florida.

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