|Emil Bisttram was born in Hungary in 1895, and came to the U.S. at the age of 11. He studied in New York at the Cooper School of Art, the Art Students League, and the National Academy of Design. Bisttram was a successful illustrator and art instructor before leaving New York for the Southwest in 1930, where he founded the Taos School of Art in 1931. A strong voice for Modernism, Bisttram co-founded the Transcendentalist School of painters, a group which included Agnes Pelton. He is also remembered as an accomplished muralist, having studied the medium in Mexico with Diego Rivera.
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