Sandor Bernath
(1892 - 1985)

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At the Docks

Summer Afternoon, Provincetown

West With the Wind

Full Speed

Sailing To The Sun

Racing Home

Lobster Shacks



Sandor Bernath was born in Hungary in 1892, far removed from the New England coast and the Yankee sailing ships that would become his favorite subjects. He immigrated to New York either in his teens or early twenties, and began there a career in watercolor. A solo exhibition in 1922 at Mrs. Malcolm’s Gallery on East 64 th Street served as the artist’s mainstream debut, although he exhibited extensively throughout his career. His artwork gained exposure through the combined annual exhibitions of the New York Water Color Club and American Water Color Society, an exhibition of Water Color Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by American and European Artists, hosted by the Brooklyn Museum, the International Water Color Exhibition, hosted by the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Whitney Studio Club. The Brooklyn Museum eventually purchased Surf and displayed it in their 1924 show, Loan Exhibition of Brooklyn Art Treasures and Original Drawings by American Artists.

Until recently, the last known biographical detail about his life consisted entirely of a 1945 American Water Color Society address listing that placed him in Eastport, Maine. Recent correspondence by the Cooley Gallery with the artist’s family confirms the persistent rumor that Bernath emigrated to South America. According to his granddaughter’s husband, Bernath moved to Belfate, Honduras in the early 1970s, where he built his wife a beach house with a view of the spot where Columbus made landfall in the New World. He continued to paint and passed away either in 1984 or 1985. He is remembered as one of the most talented American watercolorists of the twentieth century.




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