Thomas Benrimo (1887-1958)

Abstraction in Blue oil on masonite by Thomas Benrimo


Born in San Francisco in 1887, Thomas Benrimo began to draw at a young age, but the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 destroyed his early drawings and notebooks and forced the family to move to New York.

Despite suffering from tuberculosis, Benrimo recovered and became a successful stage designer and commercial artist in New York. He painted seriously whenever he could, but only a few of the Cubist paintings of this early period survive. Benrimo taught at Pratt Institute and was one of the first in this country to introduce the teaching methods developed at the German Bauhaus School of design.

Benrimo moved to Taos, New Mexico, in 1939, and was able at last to paint full-time. His work evolved through periods of Cubism and Surrealism and pure abstraction, often showing influences of antiquity, traditional painting and architecture.

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Partial List of Collections

Cincinnati Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Fort Worth Museum of Modern of Art, Fort Worth, TX
Whitney Museum of Art, NY
Harwood Museum, Taos, NM
Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, NM
University of New Mexico Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM
Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM
Fine Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM

Selected Exhibitions

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Museum of Modern Art, NY

Thomas Benrimo at 203 Fine Art

The following exhibition catalogues, published by 203 Fine Art, feature works by Thomas Benrimo. Please follow the links to view the catalogues on Issuu.

Modern Art in Taos - the Second Chapter | 2016 Exhibition Catalogue on ISSUU

Taos Moderns: Bridging the Gap | 2015 Exhibition Catalogue on ISSUU

Selected Works in Our Inventory