Ballin, Hugo, 1879-1956

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Hugo Ballin was born March 7, 1879 in New York City. He attended the Art Students League in New York, spent several years traveling and studying in Italy, and became a portrait painter. In 1917, he began working as an art director for Goldwyn Pictures and subsequently moved to California in 1921. In the 1920s, he began writing, producing, and directing films, and formed his own production company, Hugo Ballin Productions, Inc. Ballin's wife, actress Mabel Croft Ballin, was featured in his silent film adaptations of literary classics, such as Jane Eyre (1921) and Vanity Fair (1923). With the advent of talking pictures, Ballin retired from film to focus on painting and writing. As a noted muralist, he completed a number of significant commissioned works across the country during the course of his career, including murals at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and at the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. He designed a seventeen-foot medallion of Pallas Athena which hung over the entrance to the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. He also published several novels, including The Woman at the Door (1925), Stigma (1928), and Dolce Far Niente (1933). Ballin was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design. He lived in Pacific Palisades until he died in 1956.

From the description of Papers, 1890-1956. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 38060795

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Hugo Ballin was born March 7, 1879 in New York City. He attended the Art Students League in New York, spent several years traveling and studying in Italy, and became a portrait painter. In 1917, he began working as an art director for Goldwyn Pictures and subsequently moved to California in 1921. In the 1920s, he began writing, producing, and directing films, and formed his own production company, Hugo Ballin Productions, Inc. Ballin's wife, actress Mabel Croft Ballin, was featured in his silent film adaptations of literary classics, such as Jane Eyre (1921) and Vanity Fair (1923). With the advent of talking pictures, Ballin retired from film to focus on painting and writing. As a noted muralist, he completed a number of significant commissioned works across the country during the course of his career, including murals at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and at the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. He designed a seventeen-foot medallion of Pallas Athena which hung over the entrance to the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. He also published several novels, including The Woman at the Door (1925), Stigma (1928), and Dolce Far Niente (1933). Ballin was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design. He lived in Pacific Palisades until he died in 1956.

From the guide to the Hugo Ballin papers, 1890-1956, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Engel, Michael M., 1896-1969. Michael M. Engel papers, 1937-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Ballin, Hugo, 1879-1956. Papers, 1890-1956. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Ballin, Hugo, 1879-1956. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn William B. Wisdom collection of Thomas Wolfe, 1909-1959. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Milch Gallery. Milch Gallery records, 1911-1980. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Ballin, Hugo, 1879-1956 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Art League Publishing Co. (Chicago, Ill.). Artists' biographical questionnaires, 1905. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Goupil & Cie. Goupil & Co. exhibition catalogs, [undated] and 1894. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Milch Gallery. Milch Gallery records, 1911-1980. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Hugo Ballin papers, 1890-1956 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
referencedIn Milch Gallery records, 1911-1980 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Trommer, Marie, b. 1895. Marie Trommer correspondence, 1925-1937. Library of Congress
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associatedWith Art League Publishing Co. (Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Engel, Michael M., 1896-1969. person
associatedWith Goupil & Cie. corporateBody
associatedWith Milch Gallery. corporateBody
correspondedWith Trommer, Marie, b. 1895. person
correspondedWith Wisdom, William B., 1900-1977 person
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Motion picture producers and directors--Archival resources
Motion picture art directors--Archival resources
American fiction--20th century--Archival resources
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Motion picture producers and directors--United States--Archival resources
Motion picture art directors--United States--Archival resources
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Birth 1879-03-07

Death 1956-11-27

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