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George Elbert Burr Art

GEORGE ELBERT BURR (USA, 1859–1939)

George Elbert Burr was an American printmaker and painter best known for his etchings and drypoints of the desert and mountain regions of the American West. He enjoyed success early, providing illustrations for Harper's, Scribner's Magazine, Frank Leslie's Weekly, and The Cosmopolitan. In 1892, he began a four-year project illustrating a catalog of Heber R. Bishop's collection of jade antiquities for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This project, producing etchings of over a thousand artifacts, paid well enough for Burr to embark on an extended tour of Europe upon its completion with his wife. Over the next five years, as they traveled in Italy, Germany, and the British Isles, Burr amassed sketches and watercolors that would provide the source material for his copper plate etchings of European scenes. In 1924, the Burrs settled in Phoenix, Arizona, where he would remain for the rest of his life. The change of scenery allowed him to round out his oeuvre of Western landscapes with expansive views of the Sonoran and Mojave deserts. He and his wife, who died in 1941, are buried in Cameron. Today, George Elbert Burr is widely considered to be one of the finest of the early 20th-century American etchers. His prints are in several prominent collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the British Museum, the French National Print Collection, Luxembourg Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Northern Arizona and the Congressional Library in Washington, D.C.

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Soapweed, Arizona (no. 2); edition of 40 (original etching from the Desert Set)
By George Elbert Burr
Located in Denver, CO
Soapweed, Arizona by George Elbert Burr (1859-1939) original vintage circa 1924 signed etching (drypoint and mezzotint on Arches laid paper), from an edition of 40. This work is par...
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1920s American Realist George Elbert Burr Art

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North Boulder Creek, Colorado —Southwest Impressionism
By George Elbert Burr
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
George Elbert Burr, 'North Boulder Creek, Colorado', etching, c. 1915, Seeber 99. A superb, luminous impression, in dark sepia ink, with skilfully wiped plate tone, on cream laid pap...
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1910s American Impressionist George Elbert Burr Art

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OASIS OF SEVEN PALMS CALIFORNIA
By George Elbert Burr
Located in Portland, ME
Burr, George Elbert. OASIS OF SEVEN PALMS CALIFORNIA. Gouache on paper, not dated. Titled in pencil, lower left, and signed in pencil, lower right, and with the number "85" at the lo...
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Early 20th Century George Elbert Burr Art

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Gouache

Ober Steinberg, Suisse.
By George Elbert Burr
Located in Storrs, CT
Ober Steinberg, Suisse. 1900-1905. Watercolor on paper. 9 1/4 x 13 1/2. Signed, lower left; titled, lower right. Housed in an archival French mat and a 16 1/4 x 19 1/2-inch silver le...
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Early 20th Century American Modern George Elbert Burr Art

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Watercolor

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