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Saul Berman
Date: 1899 - 1975
Remarks: Born in Russia, March 18, 1899, Berman came to the United States in 1910. He studied under Charles W. Hawthorne and Ivan Olinsky at the National Academy of Design and later at the Beaux Arts and Educational Alliance art schools. In 1929 he won an honorable mention at the annual exhibition of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work was exhibited in a number of group shows in the thirties and forties at the National Academy of Design, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Whitney Museum, among others. In 1933 Berman had a one-man show at the Midtown galleries, which was well received. Realistic New York City street scenes were his forte, but he also painted still lifes and occasionally portraits. For the Works Project Administration, he executed murals in three United States post offices in the towns of California, Pennsylvania, in Ashland, Massachusetts, and in Thompsonville, Connecticut. In 1944 Berman moved to Los Angeles, and after two years or so he stopped working full time as an artist, although he did do some still lifes from time to time. In 1964 he again devoted himself to his artistic pursuits, and in 1970 a retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Benevy Gallery in New York. Berman died in Los Agneles on August 22, 1975.