HUGO BALLIN - AUTOGRAPH AUTOBIOGRAPHY SIGNED - HFSID 200607
Sale Price $252.00
Extremely rare signature from the silent film director/producer and artist, writing that he began his career in a basement in New York City
Autograph autobiography signed: "Hugo Ballin/I started my career in a/basement at/173 East 64th Street/New York City", in blue ink, 5¼x3. Hugo Ballin (1879-1956)was trained as an artist, but also boasted a successful career as a producer, writer, and director of silent films. Ballin trained at the Art Students League of New York, and was one of the artists who contributed to the Wisconsin State Capital's murals after it's completion in the early 20th century. In 1917, Ballin moved to Los Angeles at the request of Samuel Goldwyn and began working for Goldwyn Pictures as an art director and production designer. When he made the move to film making, Ballin's films went through Goldwyn Pictures as well, with the most famous of his directions/productions beingThe Love of Sunya (1927), Jane Eyre (1921), and Pagan Love (1920). However, Ballin left after the rise of "talkies", and returned to art. He became well known in the Los Angeles area as a muralist, with many of his artworks still present in the Griffith Observatory, Burbank City Hall, and Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Edges frayed and worn. Bottom edge irregular. Ink notes (unknown hand). Light surface creases. Toned. Paper remnants on verso (slight show through to front). Stray ink marks across. Otherwise, fine condition.
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