Career Highlights


  • Born in Richmond, Virginia, November 21, 1918
  • Died in Ridgefield, Connecticut, January 14, 2014


  • New York School of Design, 1934-1936
  • National Academy of Design Art School, 1936-1937
  • Art Students League, New York, 1937-1940


  • Office of War Information, Graphics Division, Washington DC, 1942-1943
  • Life magazine, artist-correspondent, 1943-1944
  • Fortune magazine, artist-correspondent, 1945


  • Brooklyn Museum Art School, 1946-1948
  • Wooster School, Danbury, Connecticut, 1967-1969


  • Mural for United States Treasury Department, 1939
  • Mural for United States Maritime Commission, 1940


  • Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship, for study in Poland, 1939
  • Chaloner Foundation Prize, for study in Italy, 1948
  • Fulbright Scholarship, for study in Italy, 1950
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, for work in the United States, 1954, 1959
  • National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1964
  • National Academy of Design, 1994


  • M. Knoedler & Co, New York,  May 24-June 12, 1948
  • Catherine Viviano Gallery, New York, January 3–22, 1955
  • Catherine Viviano Gallery, New York, May 5-31, 1958
  • Catherine Viviano Gallery, New York, May 21–June 8, 1963
  • Catherine Viviano Gallery, New York, May 3–28, 1966
  • Catherine Viviano Gallery, New York, April 14–May 9, 1970
  • Chair and the Maiden Gallery, New York, October 8–November 29, 2009
  • Anna Zorina Gallery, New York, June 30-July 19, 2014
  • Kirksville (Missouri) Arts Center, November 7 2014-January 3, 2015
  • Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond (Virginia), February 3-May 13, 2016


  • Whitney Museum of American Art, Annual Exhibition, 1947
  • Art Institute of Chicago, Fifty-ninth Annual American Exhibition:  Water Colors and Drawings, November 4, 1948 – January 2, 1949
  • Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Painting in the United States 1948, October-December, 1948
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Contemporary Paintings from the United States, Great Britain and France, 1949
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Artists Under 35 Years of Age, March 24–April 1950
  • American Academy in Rome, Annual Exhibition, June 15–22, 1950
  • Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, Symbolic Realism in AmeriCan Painting, 1940-1950, July–August 1950
  • St. Louis Art Museum, Contemporary American Painting, November 12–December 10, 1951
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, Watercolors, and Drawings, March 16–April 18, 1954
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The New Decade – 35 American Painters and Sculptors, May–August, 1955
  • XXVIII Biennale, Venice, American Artists Paint the City, (U.S. Pavilion; organized by the Art Institute of Chicago), June–October 1956
  • St. Louis Art Museum, World at Work: Twenty-Five Years of Work for Fortune Magazine,  May 22–June 18, 1956
  • The Universal and International Exhibition, Brussels (Brussels World’s Fair), Seventeen Contemporary American Painters, 1958
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Collection of the Sara Roby Foundation, April 29–June 14, 1959
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, March 1–April 5, 1959
  • Catherine Viviano Gallery, New York, Drawings (group show with Carlyle Brown and Joseph  Rollo), December 8–31, 1959
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Annual Exhibition, 1960
  • The Tate Gallery, London, The John Hay Whitney Collection, December 1960–January 1961
  • The American Federation of Arts, New York, Magic Realism – What Is It?, traveled from March 1964–March 1965
  • New York World’s Fair, Pavilion of Fine Arts (presented by the Long Island Arts Center, Inc.), 1964
  • Detroit Institute of Arts, The John S. Newberry Collection, October 13–November 14, 1965
  • St. Louis Art Museum, Art: U.S.A., The Johnson Collection of Contemporary American Painting, October 22–November 14, 1965
  • University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Paintings by Bernard Perlin/Sculpture by Robert White, April 13–28, 1969
  • American Federation of Arts, New York, Artists Abroad: An Exhibition in Memory of Rene d’Harnoncourt, 1969
  • Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Six Americans, February 19–April 5, 1970
  • Rutgers University Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, Realism and Realities:  The Other Side of American Painting, 1940-1960, January 17–March 26, 1982
  • Detroit Institute of Arts, American Drawings and Watercolors 1760-1960:  Selections from the Permanent Collection, December 9, 1992–May 9, 1993
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT, Jonathan Edwards College master’s house, Private Realisms:  American Paintings 1934-1949, September 28-November 17, 2000
  • DC Moore Gallery, New York, Interwoven Lives:  George Platt Lynes and his friends, September 6–October 20, 2001
  • Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA, Milk and Eggs:  The American Revival of Tempera Painting, 1930-1950, March 9–May 19, 2002
  • Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation, New York, Warhol Explicitly Queer – Selections from the Permanent Collection, September 17–October 26, 2002
  • Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, Villa America:  American Moderns, 1900-1950, June 4–October 2, 2005
  • Childs Gallery, Boston, Cadmus, Tooker & French, and other Magic Realists, November 2–December 31, 2010
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Anatomy/Academy, January 29–April 17, 2011
  • Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent, United Kingdom, Nothing in the World But Youth, September 17, 2011–January 8, 2012


  • Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Akansas
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
  • Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • de Young Museum, San Francisco
  • Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
  • Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Museum of Art, Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • National Academy Museum, New York
  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Princeton University Art Museum
  • Smith College Museum of Art
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • Tate Modern, London
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts


Mrs. Vincent Astor; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Beeson; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Bernstein; Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Chisholm; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Arthur Fleischman; Mrs. Morris Hadley; Mr. Joseph Hirshhorn; Mr. Arthur Laurents; Mr. Paul Magriel; Mr. Ralph Montenero; Dr. Norman Orentreich; Mr. Milton Perlmutter; Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III; Mr. and Mrs Laurance S. Rockefeller; Mr. Stanley Seeger, Jr.; Mrs. Otto L. Spaeth; Mr. Glenway Wescott and Mr. Monroe Wheeler; Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney; Mr. Paul Cadmus and Mr. Jon Anderson; Mr. Richard Deacon; Mr. George Dudley and Mr. Norbert Sinski; Ms. Martha Gellhorn; Dr. Cranston W. Holman; Mr. Chuck Howard and Mr. Edward Vaughan; Mr. Donald Klein; Mr. David Leddick; Mr. and Mrs. George P. Lynes, II; Mr. Henry McIlhenny.


Fortune Magazine – online gallery

Hirshorn Museum – online works