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Bernard Gussow was born on January 2, 1881 in Russia.
He was trained at both the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design; in addition he studied under Bonnat at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Gussow exhibited two works at the landmark Armory Show in 1913 (Movement and Figures). Additionally he exhibited at the Society of Independent Artists between 1917 and 1934 and at Salons of America in the 1930s. From 1912, he was a teacher at the Newark, New Jersey School of Fine and Industrial Art.
By the mid 1930s Gussow stopped exhibiting. By that time, he had moved from abstract compositions to recognizable urban subjects. The Whitney Museum of American Art, for example, has his Subway Stairs. The Barnes Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art also have his paintings. Gussow even participated in the Federal Art Project, contributing a post office mural (Recreation Hours) in East Rochester, NY.
Gussow died in New York in 1957.