Printmaker, painter, illustrator. Born in Tipton, IA in May 1869. Bertha Bull left Duluth, MN in 1895 for five years of study in Chicago at the AIC and Holme Art School. She wed Burt Lum in 1903 and honeymooned in Japan. After that time she returned to the Orient often to study under various masters and to exhibit. A divorcée in the 1920s, the artist led a vagabond existence with studios in San Francisco, Peking, and Japan. She died in Genoa, Italy in February 1954. A specialist in oriental subjects, she is known for her Japanese-style wood block prints. Member: Boston Society of Arts & Crafts; Calif. PM Society; Asiatic Society of Japan; Calif. Society of Etchers. Exh: Tokyo Intl Exhibition, 1912 (the only woman exhibitor); PPIE,1915 (silvNearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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