Mortimer Borne (1902-1987)
Printmaker, painter, sculptor, and educator - Mortimer Borne was born in Rypin, Poland, on December 21, 1902. In 1916, during WW1 he emigrated to the United States with his parents. He went on to study art at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League, the Beaux-Art Institute of Design, and with Charles Webster Hawthorne, founder of the Cape Cod School of Art. He was a teacher at the New School for Social Research in New York City from 1945 to 1967.
As a teenager in Poland, Mortimer Borne won a national school competition with a sculptured head of Peter the Great. His printmaking career started in the mid-twenties with a group of dry points of New York City, and in 1930 his work was recognized by Frederick Kepper & Co. who began representing him. Mortimer Borne's work is in the permanent collections of many museums, but his largest holding is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which has over a hundred images. Mortimer and his wife, Ray, lived in Nyack, New York, for fifty years.
British Museum, London
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
National Gallery, Washington
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Museum of Modern Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Brooklyn Museum, New York.