AMERICAN FRAMES, Bernard Badura, 1896 - 1986


Badura studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, as a pupil and close friend of Frederick Harer. His work shows Harer’s influence which he interpreted and executed with a sense of synthesis and a modernistic twist, inspired by his studies with Arthur B. Carles Badura did not learn everything from Harer’s, since his gilding techniques were a struggle and he was very protective of his craft, as was common during the Depression to protect one’s livelihood.

Harer, at the same time, was influenced by other fram-emakers of the day, such as Charles Prendergast and Max Kuehne, In the 1930’s, Badura worked with a variety of mediums, including stained glass, but during the Depression, he moved to focusing exclusively on making picture frames.

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