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Ferdinand Burgdorff Art

American, 1883-1975

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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Artist: Ferdinand Burgdorff
Sherman Rose House, Monterey California - Signed 1920's Landscape Etching
By Ferdinand Burgdorff
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Beautiful early 20th Century etching on vellum of the Monterey Bonifacio Adobe known as The Old Sherman Rose House, with climbing roses, by Ferdinand Burgdorff (American, (1881 - 197...
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1920s American Realist Ferdinand Burgdorff Art

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Pacific Grove Moonlight, Mid Century Nocturnal Coastal Landscape
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"Pacific Grove Moonlight", a striking and unique mid-century nocturnal landscape of the moon rising over the ocean as seen through trees on a beach, attributed to and in the style of...
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1930s Post-Impressionist Ferdinand Burgdorff Art

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