Sunlit Spaces

Maurice Braun
Sunlit Spaces
Oil on canvas, c. 1925
25 x 30 inches
Gift of Dr. Richard and Lucie Smith
1988.001

Considered a preeminent west coast impressionist, Maurice Braun’s Sunlit Spaces is typical of the landscapes that express his view of nature. He noted: “Landscape should not be taken too literally. It is what we visualize and the interpretation we give, the fantasy of our mind that counts.” Braun’s lifelong attention to the natural sciences— including geology and botany—is evident in his truthful rendition of nature. With the use of radiant light and subtle colors, he captures the unique luminosity of the Southern California landscape.