Collection Artist Muralist
(New York, New York, 1879 - 1956, Los Angeles, California)
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Hugo Ballin (1879-1956) was born in New York City and studied at the Art Students’ League as well as in Italy and France. He became a professional painter and one of his early notable projects was a series of murals for the Wisconsin State Capitol. In 1921, Samuel Goldwyn hired him as an art director, so he moved to Los Angeles to work in the film industry. He soon directed his own movies (many of which starred his wife, Mabel Ballin) and formed his own production company. When talking pictures revolutionized Hollywood, Ballin quit the industry to return to painting (although he did provide sketches for The Wizard of Oz in 1939). He quickly became one of the foremost muralists in Southern California. His most famous public works include murals at Union Station, Griffith Park Observatory, the Los Angeles Times Building, the Southern California Edison Company Building, and the Title Insurance and Trust Company Building (now known as the Los Angeles Design Center). In addition to painting and directing, he also wrote four successful novels.
From California Death Index:
BALLIN HUGO Born 03/07/1880 NEW YORK
Mother's maiden name: ROTHSCHILD
Died LOS ANGELES 11/27/1956 554-12-2816 76 yrs