Emerson Burkhart – ‘East Main Street - Columbus’
Oil on canvas, 21 ½ x 32, signed lower right. Excellent condition.
Burkhart was inspired to paint life as he saw it. He clearly favored street scenes as one of his favorite genres and painted these throughout his career, beginning while he was in college at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware. This is one of the last street scenes he painted prior to his death and it’s appropriate that it was just blocks from his home on Woodland Ave.
Emerson Burkhart – ‘Pheasant’s Cottage – Wikemikong Ontario’
Oil on canvas, 11 x 14, signed lower right. Excellent condition.
During the last summer of his life, Burkhart traveled to visit an indian chief he befriended in Northern Ontario. In exchange for lodging, Burkhart agreed to fish in the small lake next to the house and provide the family with a fresh catch of the day. He spent several weeks there and produced a number of works including several paintings of the iron stove in the chief’s kitchen, two of which are also offered here as well as one that was his last large scale painting prior to his death. That particular work is featured in Michael Hall’s authoritative monograph on Burkhart, “A Painter’s Song of Himself.” This is a small gem that would be a great addition to anyone’s collection of Burkhart works.
Emerson Burkhart – ‘Oil Rigs – Morrow County, Ohio’
Oil on canvas, 18 x 30, signed l.r, ‘E Burkhart’, excellent condition.
Ohio was ground zero for the oil and gas boom of the 1960’s. Many wells were drilled relatively close to Columbus and Burkhart made it his business to paint several renditions of this subject matter during this period. This is an opportunity to own a work that depicts an important part of Ohio’s economy during the mid-century.
Emerson Burkhart – ‘Gahanna, Ohio Farm -1952’
Oil on masonite, 24 x 36, signed l.r, ‘Emerson C. Burkhart’, excellent condition.
Bucolic farm scenes were a favorite subject matter for many artists and Burkhart was no exception. As the son of a farmer, Burkhart had a fondness for the country and especially farms. Some of his best rural landscapes were produced in the early 1950’s. This is clearly one such example.
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.