Emerson Burkhart Still Life Oil Painting, 1959
Emerson Burkhart (Columbus, Ohio, 1905 – 1969)
Untitled (still life), 1959
Oil painting on canvas
Signed to the upper left
Born on a farm near Kalida, Emerson Burkhart studied at Ohio Wesleyan University and then moved to New York City to study at the Art Student’s League. He later moved to Provincetown, Massachusetts and took instruction from painter Charles Hawthorne (1872-1930). Later he moved to Columbus, Ohio and was one of the first members of the Ohio Art League. Burkhart’s career included receiving two commissions from the WPA Federal Art Project to create murals at Central High School and at the Ohio State University, exhibiting, teaching, and traveling as an artist-in-residence with the International School of America. Known as an American Scene painter, over his career he used impressionist, post-impressionist, and realist styles in his work. He was known to create work showing disdain for excess and the progression as a disposable society, but also known for his portraits, city scenes of Columbus OH, and harbor seascapes.
- crushed impasto; some drying cracks to thicker areas of paint application; toning and discoloration; scratches to the frame; abrasions to the frame.