New York, USA
About the Artist
Born of Danish Parents July 24, 1886 in New York City. Father died when he was only a child and he was placed in an institution. Served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France in WWI. Honorably Discharged June 4, 1919. Died January 1, 1965 Ft Lauderdale, FL location not yet confirmed. Married to Hannah Ermine Kathleen Kirschbaum, known as “Kaye.” Kaye was born June 30, 1898 in Hampstead England. Was a survivor of the sinking of the liner Lusitania on May 7, 1915 at the age of 16. Became a naturalized citizen of the United States on May 20, 1944. Died September 24, 1963 Ft Lauderdale FL. Married January 27th, 1937 by the Reverend Harold F. Lemoine at the Church of the Transfiguration on East 29th Street in New York City. She was 38 years old when they married he was 50. They met on a California bound steamer and he was attracted to the fact that she had the courage to travel that far with only $10.00 in her pocket. Together they formed the “Vagabonds” and started a pilgrimage they called the “Vagabondage” or “quest of life.” Their goal was to “discover and paint beauty in all corners of the world.” Brandien then became known as the Vagabond Artist. His trademark 42 pound knapsack carried all the essentials he needed to accomplish his quest which lasted for 7 years from 1930 to 1937. Documents in the collection show that if may well have been State Department warnings about the gathering war clouds in Europe that finally coaxed them home to the United States. Numerous stories relating their journeys were published in newspapers here and abroad including stories in the New York Sunday Herald July 8, 1923.