About this artist
George Elbert Burr (1859- 1939)
Born in Monroe Falls, Ohio, George Elbert Burr studied in Europe and at the Art Institute of Chicago. As a traveling artist ,
he made etchings for magazine illustrations. He captured the grandeur of the American West in his etchings, pastel drawings,
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 with his wife to embark on an extended tour of Europe upon its completion. Over the next five years, they spent time in Italy, Germany, England, and Wales. Burr amassed sketches and watercolors that would provide the source material for his copper plate etchings of European scenes.
Burr's works are in the collections of the Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, and Brooklyn
Museum of Art.
The masterwork presented here offers a vibrant picture of Burr's artistic legacy—one of Burr's original works painted during his sojourn in Europe, which lasted from1896-1900. Imbued with precise delicacy and elegance - hallmarks of Burr’s mature art - brought to life the timeless charm of Italy, of a way of life lived in continuity for centuries unaffected by time.
Today, we recognize him as a distinctive artist of his generation.