Benjamin Brown was born in Arkansas in 1865. He studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts and the Academie Julian, Paris. He began with a specialization in portraits and still lifes, before transitioning to landscape painting following his 1896 move to Pasadena. He began etching in 1914 and co-founded the Printmakers of Los Angeles, now known as the California Society of Printmakers. Today Brown is known for his Impressionist paintings of the Sierra Mountains and poppy-filled meadows in spring, the latter existing in close proximity to where he lived. In fact, his first artwork that was sold in 1900 depicted a poppy field; he became known for the subject by 1905, when they barely remained in his studio long enough to fully dry.
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