In 2002, the Jacob Burns Foundation designated the Georgia Museum of Art as the primary repository of Gerald Brockhurst’s paintings, prints and drawings, as well as the archive of his correspondence and other written records. The museum hosted a retrospective of Brockhurst’s work in 1993, accompanied by a catalogue. This partnership between the Burns Foundation and the Georgia Museum of Art will continue the research sparked by this scholarly exhibition. Born in Birmingham, England, in 1890, Brockhurst emerged as an outstanding etcher and fashionable portrait painter in the 1920s and 1930s. Celebrated in Britain as well as the United States, his talent attracted the attention of celebrity patrons like the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Mrs. Paul Mellon, and Merle Oberon. The impact of Renaissance Italy always surfaced in his images, providing many layers of aesthetic traditions for his audiences. His images also bear a distinctly modern stamp in their stark use of light and shadow.
For more information on the Burns Foundation Collection, contact Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art.