1886 (New York City)
1969 (New York City)
Often Known For
modernist-leaning landscape, figure and mural painting
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New York Armory Show of 1913
Painters of Grand Canyon
Taos Pre 1940
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|Born in New York City, Paul Berlin was a semi-abstract painter who
achieved early success as a landscape, portrait, and mural painter in
New York. |
His early art education was at the National Academy
of Design, and he also studied art in England. In the 1920s, 30s and
40s, he exhibited and lectured widely and was well known nationally.
by a 1913 visit to the Southwest, he became an early member of the
Santa Fe school of western painting and did Indian portraits and
landscapes including the Grand Canyon. In the 1912 Armory Show
exhibition, he was one of the youngest members in the exhibition and
the only painter who had visited the Southwest. However, his abstract,
expressionistic style was viewed suspiciously by other painters in the
Burlin continued to visit the Southwest, and in 1917 married Natalie
Curtis, a woman from New York who had studied in Europe and who
subsequently lived in New Mexico and Arizona and devoted herself to
preserving the culture, language and traditions of Native
Americans. She was especially focused on the songs and chants of
the Hopi Indians. Curtis and Burlin lived in Santa Fe, but in
1921, Curtis, age 46, was killed in Paris by an automobile when she and
her husband were in Paris attending an International Congress on the
History of Art.
Burlin taught at the Art Students League summer school in
Woodstock, New York after it was re-established, following World War
II, in 1947. He was a member of the American Congress of Artists
and was active in the Provincetown Art Colony. He taught at the
Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, the University of Wyoming, and
Washington University in St. Louis.
A fellow of the MacDowell
Colony, in Peterborough, New Hampshire, Burlin was represented in an
exhibition in 1997, "Community of Creativity: A Century of MacDowell
Colony Artists," that traveled from the National Academy of Design, New
York City, to the Wichita Art Museum, Kansas.
In 1962, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, held a retrospective exhibition of Burlin's work.
include the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Whitney Museum of
American Art; Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Massachusetts;
and the Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe.
Paul Burlin died in 1969.
Lesley Poling-Kempes, Ghost Ranch, pp. 24, 32
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