Frank Mura

Frank Mura (born 17 July 1861) was a French-born American painter and water colourist who next worked in charcoal and pencil. His pretense includes landscapes, buildings, marine settings, human subjects and animals. He was noted for his charcoal painting technique.

Born in Alsace in 1861, Mura's family contracted in New York City considering he was a child and he became a naturalised American. The family home was in Manhattan and his father's action was listed in the census as a feather dealer. He returned to Europe in 1881 and studied in Munich.
During this period, some of his paintings were purchased by a wealthy New York collector, Ichabod T. Williams, which enabled him to pay an overdue account next his landlady and continue past his studies, his father having ceased his allowance. He moreover studied in the Netherlands.

Mura fixed in London in 1891 and married the German-born painter Charlotte Poehlmann on 4 April 1894 in Hampstead. He created a series of oil paintings of London life, including Billingsgate Fishmarket (Studio Magazine) . They moved to Mill End studio, Little Easton, Dunmow, and had one daughter, Margaret Mura, born c.1902. In 1911, the Muras were energetic at Myrtle Cottage, Sompting, Sussex.

Mura remained in London until 1915, painting and teaching. He contributed deed to The Dome and exhibited at the Goupil Gallery and the Obach and Co. Gallery. He exhibited alongside James Abbott McNeill Whistler at the NEAC in 1903, and his Landscape with Sheep was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1904. His perform was exhibited at the Louisiana Purchase Expo St. Louis World's Fair in 1904 and received the highest rave review for charcoal painting. In 1907 the Obach Gallery exhibited a gathering of his pictures and charcoal drawings. A review in The Studio commented: "Mr. Mura successfully imparts the true feeling for English landscape in a style which has benefited much from the psychiatry of the Barbizon and Dutch masters." An essay on his ham it up by A. L. Baldry was published in The Studio in London in 1913.

Mura after that settled in Brooklyn, New York, where he made his reveal in American artistic circles. He exhibited 11 charcoal drawings at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 which won a Medal of Honour. During the 1920s and 30s, he was a guide and university at the Brooklyn Museum, directing a Saturday class for talented high school students. The museum holds a gathering of his pencil drawings from 1919 onwards. Two of his English landscape paintings, Upton Lane, Sompting and The Adur, near Shoreham, are held in the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

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