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Emil Bisttram

Born: Apr 7, 1895

Death: Feb 26, 1976

Birthplace: NAƒdlac

Nationality: United States

Emil Bisttram

Date of Birth : Apr 7, 1895
Date of Death : Feb 26, 1976
Birth Place : NAƒdlac

James Emil Bisttram was an American artist who lived in New York and Taos, New Mexico, and was known for his modernist work. Bisttram was born in Hungary, near the Romanian border, in 1895. When he was 11 years old, his family immigrated to New York City. Emil grew up in the tenement buildings that had become the destination for so many Eastern European immigrant families. He was a talented artist, and after a few years began his schooling at the National Academy of Art and Design, then Cooper Union, Parsons, and The Art Student's League. He began teaching soon after completing school, first at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts, and then at the Master Institute of the Roerich Museum. Bisttram first visited Taos in the summer of 1930. He later fell in love with the scenery and moved there. In 1931 he won a Guggenheim Fellowship to study mural painting. The fellowship enabled Bisttram to travel to Mexico where he studied mural painting with the world famous muralist Diego Rivera. Numerous mural commissions were to follow throughout his career In 1938, Bisttram founded the Transcendental Painting Group with Raymond Jonson and several other Santa Fe artists.

Also known as


  • James Emil Bisttram

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
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