Emerson Burkhart Oil Painting "Hoover Dam, Rd 112," Mid-20th Century
Emerson Burkhart (Columbus, Ohio, 1905 – 1969)
Hoover Dam, Rd 112, mid-20th century
Oil painting on canvas board
Signed to the lower left and verso
Title inscribed to the verso
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, and harbor seascapes.
- examined under UV light; artwork is slightly loose within frame and is held in place in part with adhesive tape to the verso; accretions and scattered scuffs to paint; small chips to wood of frame; abrasions, scratches, scuffs, and discoloration to frame.
- measurements of frame; sight measures 23.5" W x 17.5" H.