Mar 05, 2020 - Sale 2532

Sale 2532 - Lot 118

Price Realized: $ 845
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
Verde River-- Apache Reservation, Arizona.

Etching, 1920. 198x246 mm; 7 3/4x9 3/4 inches, full margins. Signed and titled in pencil, lower margin. A very good impression.

In the late 1880s Burr (1859-1939) began his artistic career in New York as an itinerant illustrator for magazine publications including Harper's, Scribner's, Frank Leslie's Weekly Newspaper, The Cosmopolitan and The Observer. He was hired in 1892 to illustrate a catalogue for the Metropolitan Museum of Art over a period of four years. This project for the Heber R. Bishop collection of jade culminated in approximately a thousand etchings and earned enough for Burr and his wife, Elizabeth, to travel Europe for almost five years. Though Burr found his penchant for drawing landscapes while travelling, he was persuaded to settle in Colorado in 1906 due to poor health. After becoming active members in the local artist community in Denver, Burr and his wife moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1924. Burr traveled extensively until his death in 1939. His Arizona and Colorado landscapes characterize the romanticism of the American West with their dramatic sense of open space and light. Though having little formal training, Burr was extremely prolific, personally printing more than 25,000 impressions from almost 400 copper plates during his career. Seeber 322.