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Ferdinand Burgdorff
(1881-1975)


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"Old Olive Tree, Corfu"
Oil on board
15 x 19 inches









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Painter, etcher, and printmaker, Ferdinand Burgdorff was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Nov. 7, 1881. Burgdorff studied at the Cleveland School of Art and in Paris with René Menard and Florence Este. In 1907 he moved to California and settled on the Monterey Peninsula. During the years 1907-24 he made many trips to the Grand Canyon and the Hopi reservation where he derived much of his subject matter. In 1911 Burgdorff returned to Cleveland where successful exhibitions and sales of his work enabled him to travel about the world for two years. In 1919 he was a resident of Mill Valley, California and the following year returned to the Monterey Peninsula. He built a home (designed by Bernard Maybeck) in Pebble Beach on Rhonda Road and lived there for the rest of his life. At the time of his death on May 12, 1975, Burgdorff was the oldest working artist on the Monterey Peninsula. His subject matter was inspired by the lighthouses on the California coast and the old mining towns; however, he is best known for his many oils, pastels, and watercolors of the Monterey Peninsula.

Member: Carmel Art Association, California Society of Etchers.

Exhibited: Del Monte Art Gallery, Monterey, 1907; California Society of Etchers, Stanford University, 1928; Art Institute of Chicago; Print Club of Philadelphia; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939.

Works held: Santa Fe Railroad Collection; Yosemite Park Museum (dioramas); U.S. Navel Postgraduate School, Monterey; de Young Museum; Springville Museum, UT; Cleveland Museum; Oakland Museum; Fort Ord, Monterey; Ross General Hospital, San Rafael; San Francisco Museum of Art; Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

Sources:
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.