Eugene Berman

Eugene Berman
Nocturnal Cathedral
Color lithograph, 1951
Edition 72 of 100
12 7/8 x 9 1/8 inches
Courtesy of Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles
Value: $475.00
Starting bid: $250.00
Minimum bid increment: $25.00

About the artist
Born in Russia and trained in Paris, Eugene Berman is known for his imaginary landscapes and architectural conceits. A leader among the Surrealist and Neo-Romantic artists, he gave expression to the mood of loneliness and isolation that emerged between the World Wars. Berman was encouraged to move to the U.S. by the legendary dealer Julien Levy, and exhibited alongside Salvador Dali, Man Ray, and Marcel Duchamp. Inspired by the imaginary worlds created by Hollywood, Berman lived in Los Angeles for almost ten years, during which time he enjoyed the patronage of the legendary collector Wright Ludington. His work is held by many significant museums and has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Berman retired to Rome after the death of his wife in 1957 and continued to paint there until his death in 1972.
About the work
Berman was a master of the sublime and moody architectural scene, a genre he practiced on a grand scale in his set designs for the Metropolitan Opera and other companies. The auction includes an impression of the same print in monochrome (black) on blue-gray paper.

Selected collections
• Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
• Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
• Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Selected exhibitions
• Numerous exhibitions at Julien Levy Gallery, New York, 1932-41
• Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 1947
• High Drama: Eugene Berman and the Legacy of the Melancholic Sublime, Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, 2005
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