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Benjamin Berlin

Considered by his peers to be among the most talented of local abstract artists, Berlin was was an early Los Angeles modernist painter. Little is known of this artist’s past, but Berlin began his career in portraits and continued to paint realist works into the 1920s. He continued to exhibit cubist-inspired paintings during the mid-1920s and into the early 1930s. Around 1930, Berlin began painting watercolors of the Grand Canyon, possibly for the tourist trade. During the mid-1930s his art became more surreal, perhaps under influence of his contemporaries.