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Wallen, Burr E.

    Full Name: Wallen, Burr E.

    Other Names:

    • Burr E. Wallen

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1941

    Date Died: 24 September 1991

    Place Died: Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

    Home Country/ies: United States

    Subject Area(s): painting (visual works) and Renaissance


    Northern Renaissance painting specialist, professor of art, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1976-1991. Wallen was raised in Mt. Vernon, New York. He graduated from Princeton Univeresity in 1963 where the mentorship of professor Robert A. Koch greatly influenced him. He continued with a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and other awards at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. His master’s degree was granted in 1965. Wallen was awarded a curatorial fellowship at the National Gallery of Art to complete his dissertation on the topic of Jan Sander van Hemessen. He received a doctorate in 1976 and immediately was appointed faculty at UCSB in 1976. In 1981 wrote the catalog, The Cubist Print, for the exhibition of the same name at the National Gallery in Washgington, D. C. He was promoted to associate professor in 1982. A revised version of his thesis on Hemessen was published in 1983. Wallen rose to professor in 1991. He died at his home after a long illness. A second book, Bosch and Vainglory: The Forgotten Deadly Sin near completion at the time of his death, was never published. His students included Hans van Miegroet. Wallen was noted for his research on the history of prints of all ages, particularly the etchings of Canaletto, Sonia Delaunay, and Picasso. His Cubist Print catalog remains one of the major discussions of the genre.

    Selected Bibliography

    [master’s thesis:] A Majolica Service for Isabella d’Este. New York University, Institute of Fine Arts, 1966; [dissertation:] Hemessen: Style and Iconography. New York University, 1976; and Stein, Donna. The Cubist Print. Santa Barbara: University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1981; Jan van Hemessen: an Antwerp Painter between Reform and counter-reform. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press, 1983.


    Ayres, Larry M. “Burr E. Wallen – Santa Barbara.” University of California: In Memoriam, 1993 .


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