George Elbert Burr
George Albert Burr (1859-1939)
Today George Elbert Burr is renowned as a printmaker, considered by many to be one of the finest of the early twentieth-century American etchers. A dedicated nature lover, he is best known for his sensitive and accomplished depictions of the desert and mountain regions of the American West. The artist was born in Munroe Falls, Ohio in 1859, where he received his first artistic training from his mother. In 1879 Burr began his art studies at the Chicago Art Academy, and during the 1880s and 1890s worked as an illustrator for Harper's Magazine, Scribner's, Cosmopolitan, and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. During this time Burr distinguished himself as a watercolorist, most notably for his landscapes. In 1906 Burr moved with his family to Denver due to his failing health. He established a studio there and became the first President of the Denver Art Association. It was at this time that Burr began to devote himself seriously to work as a printmaker, in particular focusing on color etching. The family moved to Phoenix in 1920, where Burr was elected President of the Phoenix Art Association. He remained in Arizona until his death in 1939.