Richard Norris Brooke - Artist - Record of Work: “Serving to some Extent as a History of my Professional Life And As a means of Tracing Pictures and Studies Painted and Disposed of Especially Since my departure for Paris in 1878”

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Walt H. Sirene, Apr 7, 2020 - Art - 415 pages

The artist's "Record of Work" begun in 1878 contains a listing for most of his art works by date with measurements, name of subject, small drawing and a brief description. To further illustrate the document the author added many photographs to augment Brooke's notations about his art works and life. In a way it is an autobiography and diary.


About the author (2020)

(Following is an excerpt from commemorative article in The Sunday Star, Washington, D.C., May 2 1920)

"Richard Norris Brooke is most widely known for 'The Pastoral Visit,' an ante-bellum subject. But, he himself greatly preferred his landscape paintings, and it was in producing these that he found greatest joy and satisfaction. The themes that appealed to him most were those found in the vicinity of his old home at Warrenton, Va., simple views of rolling country, lovely because of color and tonal effects.

He was one who painted for the sheer love of expression, and found endless delight in the beauty of nature. He was almost morbidly conscientious, unselfish, self-effacing, but he had a boyish love of a holiday and ability for keen enjoyment.

He was an excellent and an ardent teacher, and by his pupils at the Corcoran Gallery, and earlier at the Art Students' League, as well as in his summer classes, he was regarded as a boon companion and was much beloved. He will not only be mourned, but missed; his passing leaves a gap in the ranks which will be hard to fill." 

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