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BERLIN, Eugenia

Born
Kharkov, Russia, 1905
Died
Toronto, Ontario, 2001
Biography synopsis
Born in Kharkov, Russia, Eugenia Berlin studied at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts, Geneva, Switzerland, under James Vibert and Valentine Métein-Gilliard (1924-1925). During this time she also attended private classes with Valentine Métein-Gilliard and William Métein. She moved to Toronto in 1925 and continued her studies at the Central Technical School, under Elizabeth Wyn Wood and B. Cogill Haworth, intermittently from 1926 to 1944. In 1933 she moved to Los Angeles and studied at the Chouinard School of Art under Alexander Archipenko. She later studied at Archipenko’s Summer Art School at Woodstock, New York in 1946; Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario in 1957; and Victoria College in 1958. Eugenia Berlin worked in different media, such as sculpture, watercolour, batik, mixed media paintings, and she also produced ceramics and pottery. She won a prize at the Toronto Winter Fair for her garden sculpture and two of her animal figures series were reproduced in “Canadian Art.” In 1977 she held a solo exhibition of her mixed media paintings and watercolours at the King City Public Library. She also exhibited at Eaton’s Art Gallery, J.M. Dent and Sons, and the Royal Canadian Academy. Her work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada by a bronze head of Canadian ethnologist Dr. Marius Barbeau.
Media used
Mixed media
Painting
Pottery
Sculpture
Watercolour
File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Toronto Reference Library, ON
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
London Public Library, ON
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
"Eagle- illustration." Canadian Art 8.2 (Spring 1951): 122.
"Monkeys-Illustration." Canadian Art 8.2 (Spring 1953): 67.
Hill, C.C. and P.B. Landry, eds. National Gallery Catalogue, Canadian Art. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1988.
MacDonald, Colin S.. The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. (Volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker) Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009
http://www.pro.rcip-chin.gc.ca/bd-dl/aac-aic-eng.jsp?emu=en.aich:/Proxapp/ws/aich/user/wwwe/SearchForm.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Royal Canadian Academy of Arts/Académie royale des arts du Canada: Exhibitions and Members 1880-1979. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981.
Ross, Malcom ed. “Sculpture.” The Arts in Canada. Toronto: Macmillan, 1958.

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