Abraham Jacobi Bogdanove

Artist Biography

Abraham Jacobi Bogdanove was born in Minsk, Russia, but emigrated to New York City in 1900 with his family. Shortly thereafter, he began studying at the Cooper Union Institute of Art, National Academy of Design, and, later, at the Columbia University School of Architecture. He also painted advertisements as an apprentice for the Bull Durham Company in New York. Bogdanove’s education provided him a strong foundation in design, painting, and architecture, which made him well-suited to fulfill numerous mural commissions for New York City schools and civic buildings. His public works depicted historical scenes and moral themes through clear symmetrical designs following Renaissance principles. As his murals garnered success, Bogdanove also began painting landscapes and seascapes. In 1918, Bogdanove first visited Monhegan Island, off the coast of Maine, a place he would return to regularly throughout his life and depict throughout his career. When the artist held his first solo exhibition, in 1920, he showcased many Monhegan scenes. Like Winslow Homer (1836–1910), Bogdanove’s seascapes captured the power of the ocean, with the artist opting for a low viewpoint that emphasized the powerful waves striking against the rocky coastline. In addition to painting, Bogdanove also taught at the New York School of Industrial Art and at the City College of New York for many years. Throughout his career, he exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Academy of Design, and Corcoran Gallery of Art.

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