Emerson Burkhart – ‘Portrait of a Spanish Lady’
Oil on canvas, 39 x 32, signed lower left. Excellent condition.
While in Spain on the ISA trip of 1963, Burkhart painted two distinguished portraits of a Spanish lady and man. It is not clear whether they were related but both were painted in the same location with the same door as a background. Each is an outstanding example of Burkhart’s mastery of portraiture. In this work, the deep blue dress dazzles against the off-white door in the background. The flesh tones in the face are complimentary to the other colors in the painting.
The Jaeger Gallery was established to showcase paintings from this important collection. These works come directly from the artist’s holdings at the time of his death as well as several purchased by Mr. Jaeger during Burkhart’s adult life. As the founder of the International School of America, Mr. Jaeger encouraged Burkhart to become the Artist in Residence for the School's global studies program from 1959 to the mid 1960's. This was an especially prolific period in Burkhart’s life as a painter. The works offered in the Jaeger Gallery today focus on subjects Burkhart found to be most inspiring including self-portraits, Central Ohio street scenes and suburban landscapes, among others.
Emerson Burkhart – ‘Self-Portrait as a Bald Headed Man’
Oil on canvas, 24 x 18, unsigned. Excellent condition.
Burkhart experimented with several different depictions of himself over the years. This is the only example of such a work without his familiar crop of thick white hair. Although undated, it was likely painted around 1965 – 1966.
Emerson Burkhart – ‘Loading Docks with Cranes’
Oil on canvas, 34 x 44, signed lower right. Excellent condition.
This is another colorful large scale work Burkhart was likely inspired to paint due to its unique perspective high above the road and with interesting subject matter in the line of cranes at the docks below. This painting was created in 1966 while in Stockholm on the ISA trip of 1966.
Emerson Burkhart – ‘Self-Portrait with Brush in Hand’
Oil on canvas, 39 x 28, signed upper right. Excellent condition.
While in Poland on the ISA trip of 1966, Burkhart had time to render several self-portraits. This and a smaller version while wearing the same shirt, were the two best he produced that year. Burkhart does a great job of capturing his impish but sincere personality in this version of his many self-portraits. This may be one of the best available on the market today at this price.