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Artist Biography

Sandor Bernath emigrated from Hungary to the United States as a young man. He divided his time between New York City and Eastport, Maine. Upon arrival in New York he set out on his career as a watercolorist, illustrator, and painter. Bernath is best known for his polished watercolors of sailing yachts, but he also painted genre and village scenes, birds, and coastal views. His early career remains a bit of a mystery, however at some point he was a student of Edward Hopper. There is also evidence in the subject matter of his watercolors from the early 1920s that he may have traveled abroad; and by 1922 he had already been the subject of a one-man show at Mrs. Malcolm’s Gallery on East Sixty-Fourth Street.

During the 1920s he exhibited in New York, but spent much of his time at the artist communities in Maine and Massachusetts, where the New England wilderness and seascapes gave him inspiration that would last a lifetime. Bernath moved to Maine permanently in 1927, and spent many decades capturing its beautiful scenery. 

He was a member of the New York Watercolor Club and the American Watercolor Society, as well as the Brooklyn Society of Modern Artists. His work was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Some of his paintings are in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, which featured them in its 1984 publication, American Watercolors, Pastels and Collages.


Sarah Faunce; Linda Ferber, American Watercolors, Pastels and Collages (The Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1984)

Peter Hastings Falk, Who Was Who in American Art (Madison, CT: Soundview Press, 1999)