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 William Brigl  (1903 - 1990)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/Texas/Wisconsin / Germany      Known for: landscape, seascape, animal and religion painting, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is submitted by A. Rex Rivolo, Ph.D., who is handling the estate of the artist:  Of Brigl, Dr. Rivolo writes: "There is very little known about Bill Brigl outside of Texas.  He was an aristocrat and had a money which made him all too comfortable to sell himself.  As a result, there is very little written about him---no books, only a few periodical articles.  I do believe that every bank in Texas has one of his paintings.  The Rockport Art Association is working on a retrospective show for early 2005 and possibly a monograph may come of it.

William Brigle was born in Munich, Bavaria in 1903.  The family claims direct descent from the Flemish painters Peter and Jan Breughel of 16th and 17th century fame.  His father was the court artist for the king of Bavaria.

Brigl studied under the marine painter Eric Mercker, and at the Academy of Fine Arts of Munich under Joseph Sailer. He also studied privately in Rome and in Paris and traveled extensively as part of his artistic education.  In 1924-26, while studying in Paris, he met and befriended Claude Monet.  By the time he was 23, Brigl had three paintings accepted at the Grand Salon at Paris.

In 1930, William Brigl emigrated to the U.S. and settled in Wisconsin and in 1953 moved on to Chicago.  During these years he maintained studios in Santa Fe, NM and Chicago, IL.  Upon arriving in the U.S., he began traveling immediately and quickly discovered Texas, a place that in 1959 would become his home for the rest of his life.  He settled in Highland Park, then a suburb of Dallas, and in 1980 moved to Midland, where he maintained a studio until his death in 1990.

Despite his love for Texas he retained close ties with Wisconsin and spent many summers on the peninsula of Door County to paint the local scenery.  He was a frequent visitor to the Chihuahuan desert near Lajitas, TX and the coastal town of Rockport, TX where he painted the motifs of the areas.  He also taught painting at the Rockport Art Association in Rockport, Massachusetts.

His work is quite varied ranging from landscapes, seascapes, animals, religious paintings and portraiture. His style ranges from impressionistic to realisistic.  He is best known for the landscape paintings of his beloved Big Bend Mountain country of Texas.

Permanent Collections:
Thomas Gilcrease Museum of Western Art Tulsa OK; Philbrook Museum of Tulsa Tulsa, OK; Neville Public Museum Green Bay, WI; Diamond Foundation Museum Snyder, TX; Gerrer Art Museum of Shawnee Shawnee, OK; Permian Basin Petroleum Museum Midland, TX; Diamond Foundation Museum Snyder, TX; The Lajitas Foundation Terlingua, TX; New Orleans Museum of Art New Orleans, LA; The Marfa National Bank - Marfa, TX; Lakewood Bank & Trust Co. Dallas, TX; American Bank of Commerce Odessa, TX; First National Republic Bank Midland, TX; San Angelo National Bank San Angelo, TX; Kellogg-Citizens Bank Green bay, WI; Charmin Paper Mills - Green Bay, WI.

One Man Shows:
Wally Finley Gallery Chicago, IL, 1955, 1957; Nicoli Fechin Studio Taos, NM; 1954; Lakewood Bank and Trust Co. Dallas, TX, 1975; Roughton Galleries Dallas, TX, 1981; Midland Arts Assembly Midland, TX, 1984.

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