Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000015
BERMAN, Eugene (1899-1972), Russian, Gouache,
Theatre Design, ca.1943, (9-¼ "x 12")
Berman (1899-1972), Russian
Production: Andromeda Production, Set Stage Design
on Paper, Theatre Design for Divert Easement
Materials: Medium on Light brown paper.
Markings: Signed, Monogrammed Center
Dimensions: 9-¼” x 12”.
item has remained in the original frame when acquired by Mr. Prince and Mr. Hemphill, Jr.;
Provenance: Neal Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1999
Mr. Neal Prince
Mr. Neal Prince and Mr. Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.
Source documentation for the Fine Arts Appraisal for Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr., May 12, 1964, Page 5/13
Footnote: Provenance is fully noted
within Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. (a/k/a Bert) insurance policy executed by Neal Prince in 1964 and is filed with the Smithsonian Institute American Archives
in Box 6, in Folders 13-18.
Footnote: This item is part of Mr. Prince's Theatre
Set Design Collection.
is suggested that this item is from the show, “ANDROMEDA” (1943), (which was a) mythic figure is depicted, not
chained to an ocean rock poised for rescuer by Perseus, but collapsed unconscious near a desert lake in the rubble of Death
Valley.” – From the book “High Drama – Eugene Berman and the Legacy of the Melancholic Sublime”,
by Michael Duncan. © 2004, Published by Hudson Hills Press LLC,
74-2 Union Street,
17. However, the Item has the script notation; “49”, which may be the scene number.
Galleries that hold said Artist works:
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Cleveland Museum of Art
Harvard University Art Museums
Eugene Berman in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Database
Museum of Modern Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Princeton University Art Museum
Sheldon Art Gallery
Eugene Berman at the Smithsonian American Art Museum,
Victoria and Albert Museum Catalogue
Eugene Berman (1899-1972),
St. Petersburg, Russian. His profession was a painter and stage-designer, much concerned
with the romantic grandeur of Italian Renaissance architecture. Born in
of a prosperous banking family. Studied painting from the age of 14, his first teacher being an architect who stimulated his
interest in architecture. Settle in
Paris in 1919 and studied 1919-1920 at the Acadmie Ranson,
but as a painter mainly self-taught. Made many prolonged visits to
Italy from 1922 onwards to study antique ruins, and Renaissance
and Baroque architecture. Become identified with the Neo-Romantic movement whose members included Bernard, Tchelitchew and
his brother, Lenonid Berman. First one-man exhibition at the Galerie Granoff, Pairs, 1927. Active from 1937 as a designer
for ballet and opera for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, including sets and costumes for Lifar’s Icare 1937 and Balanchine’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme 1944. Moved
Paris to the
United States in 1939. He worked for the American
Ballet Caravan 1941 and the Ballet Theatre in 1942, 1943 and 1944. In 1944, he became a United State Citizen. He spent much
Italy again from 1950, mainly in
Italy where he died.
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