Modernism, Western landscapes, figurative art, portraits, architectural
subjects, social themes
Media Oils, murals
Artistic Focus Edward
Bibermans work often reflected current events the Depression,
World War II, labor unrest as well as his appreciation of the architecture
of America’s fresh, new urban frontier. His portraits, which depicted
people both rich and poor, famous and unknown, evoke a sense of dignity
no matter their subject.
• Born into a prosperous East Coast family and
educated in economics at the Wharton School.
• At the age of 17 he broke his leg, and while recuperating, indulged
in his love of painting. During this period, he painted a portrait of
his sister, which attracted the attention of Philadelphia portraitist
Robert Susan, who encouraged Biberman’s talent.
• Studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, followed by
three years in Paris, cemented Biberman’s decision to pursue a career
as an artist.
• By 1930, he had moved into a New York City studio and become one
of the “46 Under 35” younger artists featured in a Museum
of Modern Art exhibition.
• The 1933 Depression-motivated suicide of Biberman’s father
gave the artist’s work the socially-relevant edge for which it now
is best known.
• Biberman cited his father’s death as “part of the
larger travail of a nation with seventeen million unemployed. I questioned
the relevance of my own work.” His questioning led the artist west,
first to Arizona and Utah, and ultimately to Los Angeles, where Biberman
spent the remainder of his life.
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