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Emil James Bisttram

Emil James Bisttram


Nationality: American

Emil Bisttram (1895-1976) is known primarily as a Taos, New Mexico artist. He became interested in alternative thought, philosophy and its relationship to art early on when as a young artist in NYC he was introduced to Theosophy. The Theosophical idea that religion, spirituality and even geometry are inter-related intrigued Bisttram. Seduced as well by an obscure system of picture composition called ‘Dynamic Symmetry’ (based on Euclidean geometry) he approached his work as a considered and tangible alignment with a greater spiritual order. He developed these ideas into a formal approach to his painting, which he then espoused in his larger teaching career. When Bisttram settled in Taos in 1931, he found a receptive audience for his ideas based on Theosophy, and indeed his own spiritual home. He lived and worked in New Mexico until his death in 1976.


Emil James Bisttram Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
EMIL JAMES BISTTRAM (American 1895 - 1976) Sacred Mountain (Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range East of Santa Fe, NM) Oil...
EMIL JAMES BISTTRAM (American 1895 - 1976)Sacred Mountain (Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range East of Santa Fe, NM)Oil ...
Lot 25267
Auction 638
Friday, November 10, 2006
EMIL BISTTRAM (American 1895-1976) Cosmic Forces No. 11, 1959 Deco on canvas 48-1/4 x 36 inches (122.6 x 91.4 cm) Si
EMIL BISTTRAM (American 1895-1976)Cosmic Forces No. 11, 1959Deco on canvas48-1/4 x 36 inches (122.6 x 91.4 cm)Si...
Lot 23524
Auction 656
Friday, December 7, 2007
EMIL JAMES BISTTRAM (American 1895-1976) Untitled, 1944 Encaustic and sand on paper 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27
EMIL JAMES BISTTRAM (American 1895-1976)Untitled, 1944Encaustic and sand on paper14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27...
Lot 23606
Auction 656
Friday, December 7, 2007
Emil James Bisttram (American, 1895-1976) Untitled, 1941 Mixed media on paper 7 x 9 inches (17.8 x 22.9 cm) Signed a
Emil James Bisttram (American, 1895-1976)Untitled, 1941Mixed media on paper7 x 9 inches (17.8 x 22.9 cm)Signed a...
Lot 65269
Auction 5314
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Emil James Bisttram (American, 1895-1976) Voodoo, 1953 Oil on masonite 19-1/2 x 22 inches (49.5 x 55.9 cm) Signed an
Emil James Bisttram (American, 1895-1976)Voodoo, 1953Oil on masonite19-1/2 x 22 inches (49.5 x 55.9 cm)Signed an...
Lot 61125
Auction 5252
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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