VISTA ALLEGRE Eugène Berman 1947-1948
Eugène Berman (Russia 1899 - Italy 1972)
Oil on canvas
35 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches (90.2 x 72.4 cm)
Inventory number: EB_001

Signed with his Initial on the top front, E Burman, Hollywood December 1947 1948 Vista Allegre on verso.

Born in Russia, he and his brother Leonid fled the Russian revolution 1918. In Paris the Berman brothers exhibited at the Galerie Pierre where their work earned them the name “Neo-Romantics” for its melancholy and introspective qualities, having taken inspiration from the Blue Period paintings of Picasso.

Eugène’s work was characterized by lonely landscapes featuring sculptural and architectural elements, often ruins, rendered in a neo-classical manner.

In 1935 he left for New York where he exhibited frequently at the Julien Levy Gallery where major Surrealists, avante-garde artists held their exhibitions. In the 1940s He settled in Los Angeles and married to the actress Ona Munson. Also well known as a stage designer for ballet and opera, he had worked with George Balanchine and Sergei Rachmaninoff. He moved to Rome following the suicide of his wife in 1955. In Rome his apartment and studio were provided by Princess Doria-Pamphilj. He continued to paint in this studio, part of the princess’s palazzo, until his death in 1972.