Henry Eric Bergman

Henry Eric Bergman (1893 - 1958) was born in Dresden, Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1914. Well versed in the tradition of fine craftsmanship, Bergman joined Brigden's of Winnipeg as a wood- and photo- engraver soon after arriving in the city. Bergman was deeply involved in the artistic and cultural life of the city. Bergman's early prints show a strong identification with the style and forms derived from Art Nouveau which he later largely abandoned. By the late 1920's Bergman turned his attention exclusively to wood engraving which he had begun to produce in 1924. His wood engravings of the 1930s show his consummate skill in the medium. Bergman's technical ability was impressive, his manner detailed and exquisite. He found his themes primarily in the landscape during this period. Besides these, he also made many prints of delicate plant studies and from the 1940s did almost nothing else. He exhibited works regularly with the Manitoba Society of Artists and in the Royal Canadian Academy exhibitions. He took part in most international print exhibitions that included Canadian work. His work is also reproduced in special editions of The Studio in 1927 and 1930. In 1947, his wood engravings were also used to illustrate James A. Roy's book The Heart is Highland.

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Henry Eric Bergman
Artist origin: 
Canadian
Artist type: 
Historical works of significance
Born: 
1893
Died: 
1958

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