The Dead Tree
Raymond Breinin (1910 - 2000)
opaque watercolor on illustration board, 1937
20 x 30 inches
Raymond Breinin was born in Vibetsk, Russia, and studied at the Vibetsk Academy, which was founded by artist Marc Chagall, also a native of the city. Breinin immigrated to the United States in 1923 and went to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago to continue his studies. He was a painter, a muralist, and a printmaker. He taught at Southern Illinois University from 1943 to 1944 and later at the University of Minnesota. He exhibited in Illinois and Toronto, Canada, and designed the sets for the ballet Undertow.
Opaque watercolor is a mixture of watercolor pigments with a chalk-like whiting and a smoothing agent such as gum arabic. Also called gouache, they resemble today's tempera paints.
Collection of the Illinois State Museum
photograph by Gary Andrashko
ISM Accession #: 1984.54
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