Zu Leben und Werk: George Elbert Burr: One of the greatest American etchers and painters of the early twentieth century, George Elbert Burr studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago for three months, and this was his only formal training. He worked as an illustrator for Harper's and Leslie's Weekly up to the turn of the century when he departed for a span of five years to independently study and work in England, Italy and Germany. He returned to the United States in 1906 and moved to Denver, Colorado. At this time, Burr began to concentrate upon the work that made him famous - the landscape etchings and watercolours of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California. He settled in Phoenix in 1924 and lived there until his death in 1939. Equally adept with etching, drypoint and aquatint, Burr's landscapes are ranked as masterpieces of observation and texture. When one views an original etching such as, Moraine Park, Colorado, it is amazing to study all its minute details in concert with a sweeping sense of depth and perspective. Burr's famous etchings are now housed in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the British Museum, London, as well as in major museums in Berlin, Paris and Chicago.
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