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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

SAN DIEGO’S FORGOTTEN ART / Exhibit Begins Saturday

ART IN PLEIN SIGHT—A highly creative exhibition of 1930s Depression-era San Diego paintings will go on exhibit at Balboa Park’s San Diego History Center beginning September 7, 2012. Called “Landscapes Rediscovered,” these rarely seen works were painted by many of San Diego’s most acclaimed artists like Charles Reiffel, Maurice Braun, Belle Barancenu, Charles Fries, Elliot Torrey and Margaret Rocle.

Many paintings feature familiar locations throughout San Diego like Pt. Loma, Mt. Cuyamaca, East County, the waterfront and Mission Hills.

Many of these historically significant works were commissioned by the federal government through the Works Progress Administration to beautify public spaces but have not been seen by the public in decades.

Double check the Center’s hours.

Source: San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3, 619-232-6203,

Top: Newly uncovered “Fishing Village,” by American/California impressionist Maurice Braun (1877-1941). Date unknown. Background is familiar as San Diego skyline.

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