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Oil on masonite
Art & Design Study Collection
On display: Third floor
Paul E. Barr, an accomplished painter, was the first Chair of UND’s Art Department—a position he held for over a quarter century. Born in Tipton County, Indiana, Barr studied art in the United States and France. During his career in art, he painted scenes in over ten countries and wrote about art. He co-authored a textbook with Eugene E. Myers, Creative Lettering, and independently wrote an early study on regional art history, North Dakota Artists, published posthumously in 1954.
Student composed text panel:
Paul E. Barr (American, 1892-1953)
Oil on masonite
UND Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection
Paul E. Barr was born in Tipton County, Indiana. In his early years, he studied art not just in the United States, but in France as well. Over the years, Barr has painted many scenes around the world. He also wrote and co-authored a couple of books. North Dakota Artists, one of the books Paul wrote himself was published in 1954. It focused on regional art history. The textbook, Creative Lettering, is the textbook he co-authored with Eugene E. Myers. UND named Barr the first Chair of the Art Department in 1928. It was a position he held for many years.
This piece uses a variety of pastel colors to construct the painting. The light hues and pastels used throughout the piece bring out a serene and calming experience, adding to the relaxing and focused environment of the third floor of the Memorial Union.
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