Mark Baum

(1903 - 1997)

American Painter


Born: Sanok, Poland

Died: Cape Neddick, Maine

Education: National Academy of Design, Cape Cod School of Art, Provincetown, then self-taught

Grant: Mark Rothko Foundation, 1973

Exhibitions / One-Man Shows

Whitney Galleries (subsequently the Whitney Museum) in 1929

Galerie St. Etienne

Laurel Gallery

Salpeter Gallery

Bleeker Gallery

Easthampton Gallery

Ten Oak Gallery

The Ogunquit Gallery

Salander-O'Reilly Galleries

Pace Gallery, Fryeburg Academy

Krowswork Gallery, Oakland, CA (see images at


Group Shows

Downtown Gallery

Harriman Gallery

Perls Gallery

Rose Fried Gallery


National Exhibitions

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

The Corcoran Galleries, Washington, D.C.


International Exhibition

 "American Primitive Paintings," sponsored by U.S. Information Service and the Smithsonian Institution (1955)

Works Held

Frick Collection

Whitney Museum

Averill Harriman Collection

Borden Harriman Collection

Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA

Churchill College, University of Cambridge, England

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

Ogunquit Museum of Art, Ogunquit, ME

University of New England, Portland, ME

Mead Museum of Art, Amherst, MA

Wheaton College, Norton, MA

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME

Berkeley Museum of Art, Berkeley, CA


Mark Baum painted continually during the last 7 decades of the twentieth century. In the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, he pursued a direct representational technique with city and landscape motifs. In the 1930s, he was a WPA artist. He painted in Manhattan, Central Pennsylvania, Georgia, rural New York, and Provincetown.

In the 1960s, he relocated to southern Maine, where his style evolved to become exclusively non-objective and large format canvases exploring compositions of small repeated elements and color nuance. He wrote, "My paintings are based on units organized into groups and movements and rhythms which attempt to parallel the flow of human emotional life."

Mark Baum was an active painter until the time of his death at age 94. He left over 300 paintings from all the periods of his long career.

For further information, please contact the executor of his estate:

William M. Baum
611 Mason, #504
San Francisco, CA 94108

Tel: 415-345-0050


East Coast Agent:

Naomi L. Baum


Tel: 917-796-8353

West Coast Agent:

Jasmine Moorhead


Tel: 510-229-7035