Lot 5: Ferdinand Burgdorff (American, 1881 - 1975)
12 November 2016
Sarasota, FL, USALive Auction
Description: Ferdinand Burgdorff (California, Ohio 1881 - 1975) Oil on canvas painting of a California hillside at dusk. Sight size: 14 x 18.5 in. Overall Size: 19 x 23.5 in. Ranjohn and Morcom frame. Burgdorff studied at the Cleveland School of Art and in Paris with Rene Menard and Florence Este. In 1907, he headed West with the intention of becoming a desert landscape painter. He 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 The Sunset magazine, then a new publication. Many of the paintings he had made earlier were reproduced in this magazine. In California, he first lived in Carmel where he was an active member of the Carmel Colony. He later settled in nearby in Pebble Beach, building a home on Rondo Road. In 1911, he took an exhibition of his desert paintings back to his home town of Cleveland, and sold enough to finance a two-year trip around the world.When he 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.