Byron Browne

Byron Browne
Also Known as
George Byron Browne
Yonkers, New York 1907
New York, New York 1961
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Luce Artist Biography

Byron Browne worked at a lumberyard to pay his tuition at the National Academy of Design, where he enrolled in 1925. He was inspired by European artists such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró and in 1930 burned several of his realistic works as a gesture against conventional painting. He was a founder of the American Abstract Artists and in 1935 led a march protesting museums that did not collect modern work. After World War II, Browne exhibited frequently at the Kootz Gallery, which ardently supported avant-garde American artists. While abstract expressionism dominated New York’s art world, Browne’s paintings, which still showed recognizable figures and objects, failed to draw an audience. The gallery sold all of Browne’s work in a department store sale at “50% off,” dealing a heavy blow to the artist’s career. (Rogers, Byron Browne, A Seminal American Modernist, 2001)

Works by This Artist

oil on fiberboard
oil on canvas
oil on fiberboard
pen and ink and sepia ink wash on paper
pen and ink and sepia ink wash on paper
pen and ink, ink wash, gouache, and paper on paper mounted on paperboard
oil on canvas