Artist Biography

1879 - 1971

Adolph Berson was born in San Francisco, California on May 14, 1879 of French descent. He began his art studies locally at the Institute of Art. In 1904 he sailed for Paris for further study under Lefebvre and Robert-Fleury at Académie Julian. For the next 22 years he remained in Paris where his works were highly praised by the local press. An invitation to exhibit at the Carnegie Institute brought recognition in the United States. Returning to San Francisco in 1926, he established a studio. Berson stopped painting in the early 1940s and remained a recluse in his native city until his death on November 2, 1971. His luminous, sunbathed landscapes of California include coastals, missions, adobes, and other landmarks; he also produced still lifes of fruit and flowers. Exhibited: Royal Scottish Academy; Leipzig International Exposition; Artistes Français, 1907-24; Paris Salon, 1909, 1910 (gold medal), 1911; Carnegie Institute, 1911, 1929; San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1916; Rabjohn & Morcom (San Francisco), 1920.

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