Abraham Bogdanove 1888–1946
Abraham Bogdanove was a landscape painter, portraitist, muralist, and art teacher, who is best known for his dynamic images of Monhegan Island, Maine. Born in Minsk, Russia, he immigrated with his family to the United States in 1900, when he was fourteen years old. Almost immediately upon arrival in this country, he began to study art at the Cooper Union Institute of Art. In 1903, he entered the National Academy of Design and, concurrently, served an apprenticeship, for the Bull Durham Company in New York. He won the National Academy’s esteemed Hallgarten Prize for three consecutive years. He rounded out his study at the Columbia University School of Architecture.
After traveling to Europe in 1912-1913, Bogdanove returned to New York and began teaching at the New York Evening School of Industrial Art. In 1913, he received his first mural commission. Other murals soon followed including a mural on the theme of education for Commercial High School. He also painted murals for Brooklyn's Manual Training High School and the College of the City of New York.
By the 1910s, he began to explore landscape painting. He visited Maine for the first time in 1915. There he was inspired by the dramatic vistas of mountains plunging to the sea that had been painted by Frederic E. Church and Fitz Hugh Lane. By 1918, he found his way to Monhegan, a tiny island seventeen miles Maine’s midcoast. On the island, Bogdanove found a subject worthy of sustained focus and would return annually until his death.
His work was included in annual exhibitions at the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Carnegie Institute, and the Corcoran Gallery. By the late 1920s, he was represented by the Leonard Clayton Gallery in New York.
Bogdanove's work was exhibited and included in the collections of many important public collections in including the Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine, and the Monhegan Museum, Maine.