FERDINAND BURGDORFF (1881 - 1975) "Sunlit Trees" Oil on board, 29.5" x 32"
Ferdinand Burgdorff (1881-1975)
Ferdinand Burgdorff was born in Cleveland, OH on Nov. 7, 1881. Burgdorff studied at the Cleveland School of Art and in Paris with Rene Menard and Florence Este. In 1907, Burgdorff moved to California and settled on the Monterey Peninsula.
During the years 1907-24 he made many trips to the Grand Canyon and the Hopi reservation where he derived much of his subject matter. In 1911 Ferdinand Burgdorff returned to Cleveland where successful exhibitions and sales of his work enabled him to travel about the world for two years. In 1919 he was a resident of Mill Valley, CA and the following year returned to the Monterey Peninsula. He built a home (designed by Bernard Maybeck) in Pebble Beach on Ronda Road and lived there for the rest of his life. At the time of his death on May 12, 1975, Burgdorff was the oldest working artist on the Monterey Peninsula. His subject matter was inspired by the lighthouses on the California coast and the old mining towns; however, he is best known for his many oils, pastels, and watercolors of the Monterey Peninsula.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"