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 Jane Clara Howard Berlandina  (1898 - 1970)

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Lived/Active: California/New York / France      Known for: murals, portrait, landscape and genre painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Jane Berlandina, a painter, muralist, set designer for the San Francisco Opera House, and lecturer, was a highly visible artist in San Francisco in the early 20th Century.  She was especially known for her modernist watercolors and for her abstract Depression-era, WPA murals that went against the grain of the prevalent American-Scene style.  Among her work is the mural Home Life (1934), which she painted in Coit Tower in San Francisco, and which showed much influence of her teacher, Raoul Dufy.   It was an era when Diego Rivera, Mexican muralist, had strong influence among prominent Northern California female muralists such as Emmy Lou Packard and Marian Simpson, but Berlandina was unique for holding to her own style and for rebelling against the Rivera 'groupie' mentality among her female peers.

Berlandina was born in Nice, France, and studied at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs in Paris with Raoul Dufy.  With this background, she began her painting career as an abstractionist.  However, she went to New York, taking a job as a teacher in a private girls school in Tarrytown, and received much attention for her 'Dufy-like' floral watercolors.  "Rapidly executed with jarring colors in unexpected juxtapositions---a favorite combination was burnt orange against electric blue---they seemed to manifest the push-pull theories that Hans Hofmann would later make famous." (Trenton 28).

She arrived in California in 1931, after her marriage to architect Henry Howard.  It is possible that she met Hoffman in the Bay area, as he was there in 1931 as a teacher at Berkeley. 

In California, Berlandina was a member of the San Francisco Art Association and the Society of Women Artists, and in 1939, exhibited her work with the Fourteen Bay Area Watercolorists.

Sources:
Edan Hughes, Artists in California
Patricia Trenton, Indpendent Spirits
Gordon T. McClelland and Jay T. Last, California Watercolors, 1850-1970
Charlotte Rubinstein, American Women Artists



Biography from Paul Edelstein Studio and Gallery:
Jane Berlandina is featured in a Review in ARTnews, (March 1957), page 9.

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