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Ferdinand Burgdorff
California Oak, 1935

1935

$5,500Asking Price

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Substantial and period oil painting of a California oak in autumn by listed California artist Ferdinand Burgdorff (American, 1881-1975). Signed lower left, but Burgdorff Gallery label dated 1935 was lost during restoration. A renowned Carmel, California artist, Burgdorff was an illustrator for Sunset magazine. His work was both realistic and romantic and at times visionary, conveying a sense of mystery and drama in his landscapes. Oil on Masonite, period giltwood frame. Image, 22"W x 40"L.

Details

  • Creator
    Ferdinand Burgdorff (1883 - 1975, American)
  • Creation Year
    1935
  • Dimensions
    Height: 44 in. (111.76 cm)Width: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Soquel, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: N2181stDibs: LU542353292

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About the Artist

Ferdinand Burgdorff

A renowned Carmel, California artist, Ferdinand Burgdorff was an illustrator for Sunset magazine. His work was both realistic and romantic, conveying a sense of mystery and drama in his landscapes. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Burgdorff studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and later in Paris with René Menard and Florence Esté. In 1907, he headed West with the intention of becoming a desert landscape painter. He lived in boxcars with railroad builders on the stretch of line between Yuma and Calexico and traveling by wagon or horseback, accompanied surveyors on many trips into the desert. Of this time he wrote: "There were such exciting things to see and paint, undisturbed by a single human within miles" (Widening Horizons). Burgdorff also worked for a period in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he painted the sandy wastes near Albuquerque in the region known as the Sandia. He then moved to California where he was an illustrator for Sunset magazine, a new publication then. Many of the paintings he had made earlier were reproduced in this magazine. In California, Burgdorff first lived in Carmel where he was an active member of the Carmel Colony. He later settled in the nearby Pebble Beach, building a home on Rondo Road. In 1911, he took an exhibition of his desert paintings back to his hometown of Cleveland, and sold enough to finance a two-year trip around the world. His main objective was to see Greece and Egypt because they were ancient desert worlds. He also painted along the Nile, which reminded him of the Colorado River. When Burgdorff died, he was the oldest working artist on the Monterey Peninsula, having painted many coastal views and abandoned mining towns in pastel, oil and watercolor. From 1907–24, he made numerous painting trips to the Grand Canyon and the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. (Biography provided by Robert Azensky Fine Art)
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