Henry Joseph Breuer was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1860 and received his earliest training during the 1870s in Buffalo, New York. By the early 1880s he was living in Cincinnati, Ohio and working at the Rookwood Pottery Company and throughout the early and middle years of the 1880s, he continued to travel and study. By 1888 he was living in San Francisco and worked at the San Francisco Chronicle and Californian Magazine as and art editor. After spending a number of years on the coast, he decided to travel to Paris to continue his artistic studies; spending a great deal of time looking and studying the works of the Barbizon and Impressionist painters. After returning to the United States he once again set out for the West Coast and spent a number of years traveling up and down the coasts of Oregon and California capturing the beauty of the landscape.