William Mason Brown


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Painter. Early in his career, he produced landscapes in the manner of the Hudson River School but from the 1860s became one of the nation's best-known still life painters, appreciated for a crisp, almost photographic style that celebrates the textural variety of his subjects. Many of his works feature elaborate tabletop arrangements of fruits, sometimes with other foods and/or flowers, often combined with serving pieces and decorative objects. Revealing ties to Pre-Raphaelitism, other seemingly artless compositions render botanical specimens informally in natural settings. A native of Troy, New York, Brown lived for a time in Newark, New Jersey, before settling permanently in Brooklyn. His son Fred C. Brown painted still lifes in a style similar to his father's before leaving the profession to become a minister.

Subjects: Art.

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