Eugene Berman

Eugene Berman

French and Italian artist.
Date of Birth: 04.11.1899
Country: France

  1. Biography of Evgeny Berman
  2. Early Work and Influence
  3. Exhibitions and Neo-Humanism
  4. Emigration and Later Years

Biography of Evgeny Berman

Evgeny Berman was a French and Italian artist born in St. Petersburg, Russia, into the family of Gustav and Lida Berman. He was the brother of the artist Leonid Berman. Evgeny studied in private studios in St. Petersburg before moving to Paris in 1919. In Paris, he attended the Ranson Academy, where he was taught by members of the Nabis artistic group.

Early Work and Influence

Initially, Evgeny Berman's artwork primarily consisted of landscapes executed in a late symbolist style. These works were exhibited in the artistic salons of Paris, such as Tuileries and Independents. After a trip to Italy in 1922, Berman became fascinated with the art of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. He began incorporating elements from these eras into his own work.

Exhibitions and Neo-Humanism

In 1926, Evgeny Berman, together with his brother Leonid Berman and other Ranson Academy graduates, exhibited at the Druet Gallery. This exhibition, according to the participants' declaration, aimed to introduce a new direction in painting called neo-humanism. The influence of Giorgio de Chirico can be seen in Berman's artistic style. In 1927, the neo-humanists held another exhibition at the Pierre Loeb Gallery. Berman also participated in a contemporary French art exhibition in Moscow in 1928 and showcased his work at J. Levy Gallery in the United States.

Emigration and Later Years

In 1939, Evgeny Berman emigrated to the United States and focused on theater and book graphics. He worked as a set designer for ballet theaters and eventually became a naturalized U.S. citizen. In the mid-1950s, he relocated to Italy and settled in Rome, where he continued to live and work.