Bernard Karfiol

Hungarian-American, 1886–1952

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Bernard Karfiol

Hungarian-American, 1886–1952

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Bernard Karfiol is best known for his simple gestural drawings, as well as striking portraits and nudes. Raised and educated in New York, Karfiol was inspired by the landscapes of Maine, environments that informed his scenery and early landscape paintings. Heavily influenced by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, Karfiol’s early work was characterized by tenderness toward his subjects, sensuous forms, and a soft palette of muted pinks, oranges, and blues. His travels in Cuba, Mexico, and Jamaica in the mid-1930s inspired stronger, more intense colors and new subject matter, such as Havana Beauty (1945), in which a languorous female holds flowers to her face. While traveling in Paris in his early years, Karfiol associated with Leo and Gertrude Stein and Henri Rousseau.

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Biography

Bernard Karfiol is best known for his simple gestural drawings, as well as striking portraits and nudes. Raised and educated in New York, Karfiol was inspired by the landscapes of Maine, environments that informed his scenery and early landscape paintings. Heavily influenced by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, Karfiol’s early work was characterized by tenderness toward his subjects, sensuous forms, and a soft palette of muted pinks, oranges, and blues. His travels in Cuba, Mexico, and Jamaica in the mid-1930s inspired stronger, more intense colors and new subject matter, such as Havana Beauty (1945), in which a languorous female holds flowers to her face. While traveling in Paris in his early years, Karfiol associated with Leo and Gertrude Stein and Henri Rousseau.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more