Attributed to: (Roman Johnson, American 1917 – 2005) ‘Mary Ann’
Oil on wood, 8 ½ x 11. Unsigned. Excellent condition. (Will be accompanied by a letter of authentication from Karl Jaeger, executor of the Burkhart estate)
NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Roman Johnson was mentored by Burkhart as they often painted side by side. Eventually, they became close friends. It was Burkhart who suggested that Roman leave Columbus and study fine arts at the Art Students League in New York City. Once he returned to Columbus, Roman devoted himself to his painting and continued to pursue his passion until his death in 2005. He spent countless hours at Burkhart’s home and had many opportunities to use Mary Ann
as a model.
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 – ‘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.
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.