Abraham Bogdanove

Abraham Jacob Bogdanove (September 2, 1888 – August 1946) was an American artist, mural painter, and researcher best known for his seascape paintings of the Maine coast, particularly in bill to Monhegan Island.

Bogdanove was born in Minsk, (Russian Empire now Belarus), on September 2, 1888, and moved taking into consideration his relations to New York City upon December 25, 1900. For the adjacent ten years he studied, first from 1901 to 1903 at Cooper Union, then from 1903 to 1911 at the National Academy of Design, and as a consequence at Columbia University School of Architecture from 1908 to 1910, while simultaneously painting want ad displays and drafting for the New York Journal. From 1909 to 1911 he established prizes for his paintings in National Academy exhibitions.

In 1911, Young Bogdanove was commissioned to paint a mural of "Diana in the Bath" for the Fleischman Baths at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue. He higher took Fleischman to court because Fleischman reneged on the $90 press on and offered bath tickets in lieu of payment, stating that Bogdanove's Diana was not beautiful enough, and that the artist spent more epoch looking at scantily clad women than he did painting. Bogdanove was awarded $75.

In 1912 Bogdanove acknowledged his second mural commission from the Hebrew Sheltering and Guardian Society in Pleasantville, New York; subsequently he painted murals for the Architectural League of New York, Commercial High School, Brooklyn, Alexander Hamilton High School, Brooklyn, Manual Training High School, Brooklyn, Public School 43, Bronx, and the College of the City of New York.

Bogdanove first visited Maine in 1915, summering at Mount Desert Island, and in 1918 he visited Monhegan Island, purchasing a house there in 1920; thereon he visited Monhegan every year until his death in 1946, becoming an normal presence upon the island and producing a series of landscapes and seascapes that would constitute the largest allowance of his painting. For his concentration in the powerful dramatic effects of weather upon the ocean and land, rather than geographically specific depictions, Bogdanove has been characterized as an beneficiary to Winslow Homer. Of his work upon Monhegan, described as "rugged, colorful, and forceful", Bogdanove said in an interview in 1936,

In an interview in 1945, he explained,

From 1913 to 1942 Bogdanove taught art at tall schools and colleges in New York City, the longest membership being subsequently Townsend Harris High School of the College of the City of New York.

In 1942 Bogdanove moved to Dunbarton, New Hampshire, where he died in 1946. In 1957 he was the subject of an exhibition at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, in 1961 at the College of the City of New York, and in three exhibits at New York's Spanierman Gallery amongst 1997 and 2000.

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