"I doubt whether many artists, at the outset of their careers, have been tempted to set up a blueprint for their life's work. I would assume, rather, that most commitments have been open-ended, on the implicit assumption that aesthetic attitudes, both formal and philosophic, had best remain flexible in the face of an unpredictable future. I certainly recognize this to be true of my own work. For how could I possibly have known, in the three years I spent in Paris from 1926 to 1929, that the four decades to come would be the turbulent ones they proved to be - with the great depression, war and genocide, and the threat of ecological disaster, counterposed to the potential of atomic energy and the thrilling first steps of man on a body of solid matter in outer space.

I must state, in looking back, that I fully realize the irreversibility of my commitment. At this late date no reconsideration is on the agenda but were the luxury of a 'rerun' to be granted me, I truly feel that the end result would not be significantly different..."

From the first exhibition of his work in 1927, at the Salon d'Automne in Paris, to the recent acquisition by the National Portrait Gallery of his portraits of Lena Horne and Dashiell Hammett, Biberman had been recognized as one of the notable talents of our age. A handsome man of quiet dignity, he had more than thirty one-man shows and his work is represented in more than a dozen museum and university collections. His paintings were the subject of two books, "The Best Untold" and "Time and Circumstance," and he was also widely known as a teacher, a lecturer, and the host of a television series, "Dialogues in Art."

Born in Philadelphia in 1904, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1924. He spent the next two years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, then three years in Paris, by which time his career was launched. Los Angeles has been his home since 1936.

Artist Painter Edward Biberman, Self Portrait


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