ALL: Master Collection List



Paul E. Barr



Artist Dates



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Date of Work



Oil on canvas


Lower left


23 1/2"


35 1/2"


Art & Design Study Collection


On display: Third floor


Memorial Union

Artist Bio

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.

Additional Information

Student composed text panel:

Paul E. Barr (American, 1892-1953)
Breaks of the Little Missouri, 1937
Oil on canvas
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 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.

Breaks of the Little Missouri pictures a mountainous landscape. The piece itself incorporates the soft colors of red, green, and purple. This piece was selected specifically for this floor because of the peace and tranquility it extrudes. This painting also pays homage to North Dakota itself, perhaps bringing a sense of comfort to those who consider North Dakota home.

Purple, green and red mountainous landscape.


Good, scuffed in lower left corner


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