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Lifespan: 1828 - 1898
Nationality: American painter
Gender: male
Collection: 23 paintings

William Mason Brown was an American landscape painter who was born in Troy, New York in 1828. He had an early interest in art and began studying with a painter named Thomas Grinnell and eventually studied under the famous portrait artist Abel Moore. Over the course of his career he would focus on both landscapes (in the Hudson River School style) and still lifes, mostly with subjects of fruits and berries, which would both culminate in a significant body of work to add to the catalog of Nineteenth Century American art. The style of the oil paintings of William Mason Brown often possessed the American Romantic style which was most often attached to the landscape paintings of the Hudson River School style of art and development. However, the greatest accomplishments of the artistic career of William Mason Brown were exhibited in the still lifes that he began to focus on after moving out of his landscape phase. William Mason Brown paintings with still life subjects tended to fall into a specific genre of still life which was advocated by art critic John Ruskin and was known as “back to nature” still life painting. The reason for the adoption of this terminology was that this version of still life glorified nature by representing the elements of the still life as if they had just fallen from the tree in a natural manner, rather than depending on the artist to arrange the elements in a bowl, on a table, thus imposing human order on nature. These ideas were very much related to the debates going on at the time about the place of art, the role of nature, and how man affected or was affected by each. William Mason Brown artwork occupied an interesting position in regards to these types of questions as he never appeared to address one philosophical view due to the fact that some of his most popular still lifes are traditional in set up and nature. The paintings of William Mason Brown were exhibited frequently at the Brooklyn Art Association as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the National Academy of Design. Some of the most well known oil paintings of William Mason Brown have titles such as the following: Red Raspberries on a Forest Floor, Still Life with Peaches and Grapes, Winter Landscape, The Lake Shore, A Bend in the River, and Still Life with Melon, Grapes, Peaches, Pears, and Black Raspberries. These paintings clearly exhibit the evolution of Brown’s style and the reason that his work has been so highly regarded, even today.


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Autumn Landscape Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Autumn Landscape

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Autumn Reflections Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Autumn Reflections

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Autumn Scene on the Connecticut Rive Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Autumn Scene on the Connecticut Rive

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Autumnal Landscape Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Autumnal Landscape

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Bend in the River Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Bend in the River

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Bounty of Peaches Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Bounty of Peaches

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Children in a Snowy Landscape Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Children in a Snowy Landscape

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Fishing by a River Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Fishing by a River

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Fruit and Wine Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Fruit and Wine

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Fruits of Summer Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Fruits of Summer

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October on Great Otter Creek Vermont Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

October on Great Otter Creek Vermont

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Peaches in an Upturned Basket Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Peaches in an Upturned Basket

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Still Life with Cantaloupe Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Still Life with Cantaloupe

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Still Life with Fruit and Vase Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Still Life with Fruit and Vase

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Still Life with Melon Grapes Peaches Pears and Black Raspberries Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Still Life with Melon Grapes Peaches Pears and Black Raspberries

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Still Life with Peaches Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Still Life with Peaches

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Still Life with Peaches and Marble Vase 1882 Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Still Life with Peaches and Marble Vase 1882

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Still Life with Watermelon Grapes Peaches Plums and Cantaloupe Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Still Life with Watermelon Grapes Peaches Plums and Cantaloupe

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Still Life with Watermelon Grapes Peaches Plums and Plums Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Still Life with Watermelon Grapes Peaches Plums and Plums

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Strawberries Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Strawberries

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Strawberries Strewn on a Forest Floor Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Strawberries Strewn on a Forest Floor

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Summer Pastures Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

Summer Pastures

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The Bounties of Nature Paintings | William Mason Brown paintings

The Bounties of Nature

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