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Raymond Breinin Art

Russian, 1910-2000

Raymond Breinin, a Russian/American painter and designer, was born in Vitebsk, Russia, where he commenced his art studies with Uri Pen (who was also the first teacher of Marc Chagall), and later attended the Vitebsk Academy of Art where Malevitch was the director. Breinin came to the United States with his family in 1922. When he came to America he attended classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. While working as a painter of murals for the WPA, he was invited to join the Downtown Gallery in New York City, one of the foremost galleries at the time, where he exhibited in one-man shows and group shows over a period of 18 years. The winner of numerous major prizes at the Chicago Art Institute and other museums, he also won the $1000 purchase prize at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Artists for Victory" exhibition. He designed the sets and costumes for Anthony Tudor's ballet, "Undertow" produced by the American Ballet Theater. He executed commissions for Life, Fortune and Redbook magazines, for the Capehart Corporation, Eli Lilly and others, and was a noted illustrator and portrait painter. He did the decor for two restaurants in Chicago and painted murals in the Pump Room at the Ambassador East Hotel and in the Emerald and Jade Rooms at the Sherman Hotel in Chicago. From the 1960s–80s, he taught courses in painting and life drawing at the Art Student's League and the National Academy of Design in New York City. Before that, he taught at the University of Southern Illinois, where he was artist-in-residence, the University of Minnesota and ran his own school of art in Chicago. He was a member of the National Academy of Design.

(Biography provided by David Barnett Gallery)
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In The Dark of the Hour
By Raymond Breinin
Located in Rego Park, NY
American expressionist oil on canvas painting titled 'In The Dark of the Hour', painted by Raymond Breinin (1910-2000) in 1942. The piece is inspired by Claude Debussy's 'La Cathedra...
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Mid-20th Century Expressionist Raymond Breinin Art

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Oil

"The Saint of the Flaming City," Oil on Canvas signed by Raymond Breinin
By Raymond Breinin
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"The Saint of the Flaming City" is an original oil painting on canvas by Raymond Breinin. It depicts a group of figures looking over an abstracted and green city as the colors of fir...
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1940s Expressionist Raymond Breinin Art

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Canvas, Oil

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