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Biography of Edward Borein
Edward Borein was born in 1872 in San Leandro, California. Son of a county politician, he will have a childhood full of memories of horses, cowboys and cattle, subjects he began to sketch at the age of five. He grew up as a vaquero (cowboy) on the Jesus Maria Rancho (later called Camp Cooke). As a young man, he went to New York to study art, where he made friends with actor-screenwriter-producer Will Rogers. He is mainly trained in illustration.
At the age of 19, he enrolled in San Francisco Art School, his only official art school, where he met artists such as Jimmy Swinnerton and Maynard Dixon who encouraged him in his artistic career.
Edward Borein began his cowboy career in 1893 and worked in the field for two decades. From 1900 to the early 1920s, he wrote a number of articles and short stories - many at the request of his versatile friend and publisher Charles F. Lummis, who was the first to publish his work in his magazine "The Land Of Sunshine".
Just as skilled at drawing with pen or ink, watercolour and engraving, he decided to devote himself exclusively to engraving and painting and, in 1921, opened a studio in El Paso (Santa Barbara, California). His works are essentially nostalgic artistic representations of the "Western" way of life; he depicts scenes from Spanish colonial California, including those of Spanish missions; another theme will be imposed on him: the old West, and in particular the Amerindians and cowboys.
Throughout his life, Edward Borein kept his friendship with Will Rogers; this "couple" grew with Charles Marion Russell, the famous painter from the Old West of Montana. According to the Los Angeles Times, "The three form a triumvirate that depicts the West with an image and legend before the border era. »
Edward Borein will be active and will work until he disappears. He died of a heart attack in Santa Barbara, California in 1945; he was 72 years old.
Many of the artist's paintings and etchings are on display in the Edward Borein Gallery of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, but also in other American museums dedicated to the Old West.