(1886 - 1969)
Paul (Harry Paul) Burlin was active/lived in New York. Paul Burlin is known for modernist-leaning landscape, figure and mural painting.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Born in New York City, Paul Berlin was a semi-abstract painter who
achieved early success as a landscape, portrait, and mural painter in
Biography from Swann Galleries
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
Paul Burlin (1886-1969), born in New York as Isodore Berlin, began his career in the first decades of the 20th Century studying at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League, traveling in Europe and the southwestern United States and showing his work as one of the youngest exhibitors in the celebrated Armory Show in 1913. Burlin continued to follow avant-garde trends through the 1950s and 60s, working in the style of Abstract Expressionism. Towards the end of his life and up to his death in 1969, Burlin continued to draw and paint despite loss of eyesight.
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