Burgdorff, Ferdinand 1881-1975

Burgdorff painted mostly landscapes of coastal scenes, lighthouses, mining towns, sandy deserts, and red rock canyons.  He also did a limited number of genre and figure pieces and created etchings of his favored subjects.  His paintings exhibit a strong sense of design, stylized drawing, and saturated color.  Heavy atmospheric effects and a tonalist sensibility often give his landscapes a sentimental quality.  His genre painting, mostly of Native villages in Arizona and New Mexico, are romanticized depictions of the "Noble Indian" in the manner of the Taos and Santa Fe painters of the early twentieth century.

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