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Paul E Barr
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Long's Peak, Colorado
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born and raised in Tipton County, Indiana, Paul Barr was a painter of North American and European scenes including architecture, southwestern landscapes, mountain views form the Rockies, Alps, Catskills, Grand Tetons and national parks. For twenty-five years, Paul Barr headed the Art Department at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

In his travels abroad, he painted in more than ten foreign countries and had studios in Paris as well as in New York City, Colorado and Indiana. His art education included the Art Institute of Chicago, the Sorbonne University of Paris and universities in Colorado, Chicago and Indiana. Subjects of his paintings included architecture, landscapes, and other scenery of Holland, Switzerland, and Mexico along with rivers, woodlands, southwestern landscapes, and national parks in the United States and mountain ranges such as the Rockies, Grand Tetons, Catskills, Alps, and Tyrolese Alps. In 1938, Barr devoted much time to traveling and painting in the North Dakota's Badlands from which he did fifty-six paintings that were then exhibited at the North Dakota State Capitol Building in Bismarck. "Described by then-Governor William Langer (1933-1934 and 1937-1938) as a 'visual record of one of the state's greatest scenic assets,' the paintings had such titles as "Breaks of the Little Missouri," "East Rim: Painted Canyon," "Teddy Roosevelt's Horsepasture Road," and "Ranchhouse in the Badlands."

Paul Barr developed an early interest in art and In 1904, at the age of eleven, exhibited some of his work at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at the World's Fair in St. Louis. In 1916, he became an annual exhibitor at the John Herron galleries in Indianapolis and from that time was prolific with exhibitions with the Hoosier Salon at Marshall Field's in Chicago and other venues including the Fort Wayne Art Museum.

He held the position with the North Dakota University Art Department from 1928 to his death in 1953. He was sixty-one and died from a cerebral hemorrhage. His work is in the North Dakota Governor's Office and in the corporate collection of International Business Machines (IBM). HIs papers are in the collection of the University of North Dakota.

Courtesy, Voni Glaves,
Source is Obituary by Ben Nemenoff

Barr, Paul E. North Dakota Artists. Grand Forks: University of North Dakota Library, 1954.
"Paul E. Barr, N.D. Badlands Artist, Dies at Grand Forks." Fargo Forum, December 22, 1953.
"Paul E. Barr, Noted ND Artist Dies After Stroke." Bismarck Tribune, December 22, 1953.
"Paul E. Barr Papers, 1928-1955." Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Collection #32. Grand Forks: University of North Dakota Chester Fritz Library.
Taylor, Edwin Mrs. Catalogue of Art Workers Within North Dakota. Bismarck: American Association of University Women (local branch), 1945.

Other Sources include:
State Historical Society of North Dakota
North Dakota Resource File: Biography, North Dakota State Library

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