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Robert Brackman

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Robert Brackman
Sculpture of Robert Brackman, published in the book Labor Sculpture by Max Kalish, Comet Press.
Born(1898-09-25)September 25, 1898
Died(1980-07-16)July 16, 1980
Noank, Connecticut, United States
EducationNational Academy of Design.
Ferrer School, San Francisco
Known forPainting

Robert Brackman (September 25, 1898 – July 16, 1980) was an American artist and teacher, best known for large figural works, portraits, and still lifes.


Robert Brackman was born on September 25, 1898, in Odessa, Russian Empire (now in Ukraine). He immigrated to the United States in 1908 or 1910.[1][2]

Brackman studied at the National Academy of Design from 1919 to 1921, and the Ferrer School in San Francisco. From 1931, he had a long career teaching at the Art Students League of New York where he was a life member.[3] He also taught at the American Art School in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum School, the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and the Madison Art School in Connecticut.[4] In 1932, Brackman was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full member in 1940.[5]

He painted portraits of John D. Rockefeller Jr., Abby Aldrich Rockefeller,[6] Charles Lindbergh, and John Foster Dulles, as well as portraits commissioned by the United States Air Force Academy and the State Department.[4]

He painted a portrait of actress Jennifer Jones for use as a prop in the 1948 film Portrait of Jennie, where it represents a portrait painted by the character of Eben Adams (Joseph Cotten).[7]

The American artist Elaine Hamilton was a student of Brackman.,[8] as were Itshak Holtz[9] and Raymond A. Whyte. [10]

Brackman was married to Rochelle Post; they later divorced.[11] He had two daughters with his second wife, Francis R. Davis, whom he met in 1935 while teaching at the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts, now known as the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.[12] He died on July 16, 1980, in Noank, Connecticut.[2]

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  1. ^ Patterson, Richard Sharpe (1956). The Secretaries of State: Portraits and Biographical Sketches. U.S. Government Printing Office.
  2. ^ a b Fort, Ilene Susan; Quick, Michael (1991). American Art: A Catalogue of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Collection. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. p. 313. ISBN 978-0-295-97027-1.
  3. ^ Instructors past and present, retrieved January 24, 2009 Archived January 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b "Robert Brackman". www.anne-french.com. Archived from the original on August 24, 2006. Retrieved August 28, 2023.
  5. ^ "National Academicians | National Academy | National Academy Museum". Archived from the original on March 14, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  6. ^ Brackman portrait on the Colonial Williamsburg webpage [1] retrieved January 24, 2009
  7. ^ Cotten, Joseph (1988). Vanity Will Get You Somewhere. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-380-70534-6.
  8. ^ Maryland Art Source Elaine Hamilton O'Neal Archived June 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved January 24, 2009
  9. ^ Richard McBee, The Jewish Press
  10. ^ "Raymond Whyte - Artists - Spellman Gallery". www.spellmangallery.com. Retrieved May 29, 2024.
  11. ^ Pisano, Ronald G.; Rood, Beverly (1987). The Art Students League: Selections from the Permanent Collection. The Association. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-934483-09-4.
  12. ^ Constantine, Lois H., Robert Brackman Remembered, Elm Grove Press, Noank, Connecticut, 2017, p. 36.

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