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Alexander Brook papers, 1900-1982

Creator:
Brook, Alexander, 1898-1980  Search this
Brook, Alexander, 1898-1980  Search this
Subject:
Bacon, Peggy  Search this
Biddle, George  Search this
Brett, Catherine  Search this
Covarrubias, Miguel  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Spencer, Niles  Search this
Knee, Gina  Search this
Bouché, Louis  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Watercolors
Sketches
Transcriptions
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Interviews
Etchings
Illustrations
Topic:
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Theme:
Diaries  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6833
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208960
AAA_collcode_brooalex
Theme:
Diaries
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208960
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Small French paintings from the bequest of Ailsa Mellon Bruce

Author:
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Bruce, Ailsa Mellon Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 121 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
France
Date:
1978
19th century
Topic:
Painting, French  Search this
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Call number:
ND547.5.I4U6 1978aX
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_107461

French paintings of the nineteenth century from the collection of Mrs. Mellon Bruce : an exhibition / sponsored by patrons of art and music at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, San Francisco

Author:
California Palace of the Legion of Honor  Search this
Subject:
Bruce, Ailsa Mellon Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
[80] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
France
Date:
1961
[1961]
19th century
Topic:
Painting, French  Search this
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Call number:
ND547.5.I4 U61 1961
ND547.5.I4U61 1961
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_417980

European master paintings from Swiss collections : post-impressionism to World War II : [exhibition] / by John Elderfield ; foreword by William Rubin

Author:
Elderfield, John  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
170 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Europe
Switzerland
Date:
1976
C1976
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Painting, European  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Painting--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Call number:
ND457.E42X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_94992

Is it art? post-impressionism, futurism, cubism by J. Nilsen Laurvik

Author:
Laurvik, J. Nilsen (John Nilsen) b. 1877  Search this
Physical description:
1 pages leaves, 34 pages 8 pl 23 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1913
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Cubism  Search this
Futurism (Art)  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Call number:
N6490 .L36 1913
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_274885

Impressionist and post-impressionist paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art / Charles S. Moffett

Author:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Moffett, Charles S  Search this
Subject:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
255 p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
France
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1985
19th century
Topic:
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Painting, French  Search this
Painting  Search this
Call number:
ND547.5.I4M4 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_282371

Impressionism : selections from five American museums / Marc S. Gerstein ; introduction by Richard R. Bretell

Author:
Gerstein, Marc Saul  Search this
Carnegie Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
202 p. : col. ill. ; 26 x 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
France
Middle West
Date:
1989
C1989
19th century
Topic:
Impressionim (Art)  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Painting, French  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Call number:
ND547.5.I4 G39 1989X
ND547.5.I4G39 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_383278

Guggenheim Museum Thannhauser Collection / foreword by Thomas Krens ; essays by Vivian Endicott Barnett, Fred Licht, and Paul Tucker ; catalogue entries by Vivian Endicott Barnett

Title:
Thannhauser Collection
Author:
Thannhauser, Justin 1892-1976  Search this
Barnett, Vivian Endicott  Search this
Licht, Fred 1928-  Search this
Tucker, Paul Hayes 1950-  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Subject:
Thannhauser, Justin 1892-1976 Art collections  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Physical description:
191 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
France
Date:
1992
C1992
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Art, French  Search this
Call number:
N6847.5.I4 B37 1992
N6847.5.I4B37 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_443987

Great French paintings from the Barnes Foundation : Impressionist, Post-impressionist, and early Modern

Author:
Wattenmaker, Richard J  Search this
Cachin, Françoise  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Barnes, Albert C (Albert Coombs) 1872-1951 Art collections Catalogs  Search this
Barnes Foundation Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 318 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
France
Pennsylvania
Merion
Date:
1993
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Painting, French  Search this
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Painting--Catalogs  Search this
Painting--Private collections--Catalogs  Search this
Call number:
ND547.5.I4 G69 1993X
ND547.5.I4G69 1993X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_440936

Impressionism and Post-impressionism : transformations in the modern American mode, 1885-1945 : March 29-May 14, 1988 / essay by Robert R. Preato ; artists' biographical sketches by Sandra L. Langer ; foreword by James D. Cox

Author:
Preato, Robert R  Search this
Langer, Sandra L  Search this
Cox, James D  Search this
Grand Central Art Galleries  Search this
Physical description:
104 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1988
C1988
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Painters  Search this
Call number:
N6510.5.I4 I34 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_352628

British Post-impressionists and moderns : [exhibition] 19th February to 21st March 1986, The Belgrave Gallery

Author:
Belgrave Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Belgrave Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
[63] p. : col. ill. ; 20 x 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Catalogs
Place:
England
Date:
1986
20th century
Topic:
Painting, British  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Painting, English  Search this
Call number:
ND467 .B75
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636984

The Guggenheim Museum, Justin K. Thannhauser Collection / by Vivian Endicott Barnett

Author:
Barnett, Vivian Endicott  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Subject:
Thannhauser, Justin 1892-1976 Art collections  Search this
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  Search this
Physical description:
216 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
France
Date:
1978
C1978
19th century
20th century
Topic:
École de Paris--Catalogs  Search this
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Art, French  Search this
Call number:
N6847.5.I4 B37X
N6847.5.I4B37X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_124256

The Advent of modernism : post-impressionism and North American art, 1900-1918 / essays by Peter Morrin, Judith Zilczer, and William C. Agee

Author:
Morrin, Peter  Search this
Zilczer, Judith  Search this
Agee, William C  Search this
High Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
200 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Canada
Date:
1986
C1986
20th century
Topic:
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Painting, Canadian  Search this
Call number:
ND212.5.P64A38 1986X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_300666

Alexander Brook papers

Creator:
Brook, Alexander, 1898-1980  Search this
Names:
Bacon, Peggy, 1895-1987  Search this
Biddle, George, 1885-1973  Search this
Bouché, Louis, 1896-1969  Search this
Brett, Catherine  Search this
Covarrubias, Miguel, 1904-1957  Search this
Knee, Gina, 1898-1982  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Spencer, Niles, 1893-1952  Search this
Extent:
4.3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Watercolors
Sketches
Transcriptions
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Interviews
Etchings
Illustrations
Date:
1900-1982
Summary:
The papers of painter Alexander Brook measure 4.3 linear feet and date from 1900-1982. Found within the papers are biographical material; personal and professional correspondence; writings; personal business records; printed material; scrapbooks; artwork; and photographs of Brook, his family and friends, and his work.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of painter Alexander Brook measure 4.3 linear feet and date from 1900-1982. Found within the papers are biographical material; personal and professional correspondence; writings; personal business records; printed material; scrapbooks; artwork; and photographs of Brook, his family and friends, and his work.

Biographical materials include an address book, award certificates, curriculum vitae, marriage and divorce documents, passports, biographical information on Brook's wife, Gina Knee Brook, and 4 interview transcripts.

Correspondence is primarily with Brook's family, friends, fellow artists, and business associates discussing personal relationships, teaching opportunities, art sales, and exhibitions. Included in this series are letters to Brook's second wife, Gina Knee Brook. Additional correspondents include Brook's children, Belinda and Sandy (Alexander) Brook, Peggy Bacon, artists Niles Spencer and George Biddle, and writer Haniel Long.

Writings by Brook consist of reminiscences, 6 essays, a lecture, a memorium to Catherine Brett, 6 short stories, 2 notebooks, and miscellaneous notes. Writings by others consist of a notebook by Mrs. Beeton containing humorous recipes, an essay, 2 memoirs, poetry, and a short story from unknown authors.

Personal business records include sales invoices, tax returns noting income from sales of artwork, and receipts for various art supplies.

Printed material includes brochures, chapbooks, clippings, city guides, exhibition announcements and catalogs, periodicals, and miscellaneous printed material.

There are two scrapbooks, a clippings scrapbook titled Unstruggling Artist, and an untitled scrapbook containing clippings and interspersed with correspondence, catalogs, and photographs.

Artwork consists of ink, pencil, and pen sketches; etchings and 2 etching plates; mixed media illustrations; and watercolors by unknown artists. There are also 9 sketchbooks, most likely by Alexander Brook, and a drawing by Miguel Covarrubius.

Photographs are of people, exhibition installations, and works of art. These include childhood photos of Alexander Brook and Gina Knee Brook, photos of the Brooks together in Savannah, Georgia and Sag Harbor, Long Island, as well as photos of Alexander Brook with friends, an artist model, at home, and in various studios. There are also photos of Peggy Bacon, Louis Bouché, Niles Spencer, and Jackson Pollock. Exhibition installations include a show at the Carnegie Institution and unidentified one man shows.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 8 series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1907-1979 (14 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1930-1975 (0.6 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Writings, circa 1921-1975 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1-2)

Series 4: Personal Business Records, circa 1931-1982 (0.3 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1918-1982 (1.4 linear feet; Box 2-3)

Series 6: Scrapbooks, circa 1935-1975 (0.4 linear feet; Box 3, 5)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1935-1975 (0.4 linear feet; Box 4)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1900-1980 (0.6 linear feet; Box 4)
Biographical / Historical:
Alexander Brook (1898-1980) was a painter and art instructor who lived and worked in Woodstock, Sag Harbor, and New York City, New York, and Savannah, Georgia.

Brook was born in Brooklyn, New York to Russian immigrants Eudoxia Gelescu and Onufri Brook. After contracting polio at the age of twelve, he remained bed-ridden for a year and his formal schooling was suspended. At this time, he began to show an interest in art and began receiving his first lessons in painting. In 1914, he enrolled in the Art Students League where he won scholarships and cultivated friendships with other art students, including Louis Bouché, Niles Spencer, and Peggy Bacon, whom he married in 1920.

Brook and Bacon's two children, Belinda and Alexander Bacon Brook, were born in 1920 and 1922, and the couple divided their time between a summer house in Woodstock and a series of apartments in New York City. Their circle of artist friends included the Bouchés, Niles Spencer, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Andrew Dasburg, and many of the other artists who lived and worked in Woodstock. Brook and Bacon continued to produce art, with Brook focusing on his painting, and Bacon publishing her illustrations and prints in nationally syndicated magazines.

In the 1920s, Brook also wrote articles for The Arts and caught the attention of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. She invited him to promote and organize exhibits for her Whitney Studio Club, and from 1923 to 1927, he worked as assistant director of the Club, which was later to become the Whitney Museum of Art. By the late 1920s, Brook's realist paintings of landscapes, still lifes, and posed figures of women were gaining wide recognition and he was given his first retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1929, at the age of thirty-one. In the early 1930s, within the span of three years, Brook exhibited one man shows at the ACA, Valentine, Charles Daniel, and Downtown Galleries in New York City, and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1931.

In 1938, Brook moved to Savannah, Georgia and began visiting and painting realist scenes based on visits to the city's oldest black neighborhoods. When Brook's marriage with Bacon ended in 1940, he continued to live in Savannah with his second wife, Libby Berger. After his second marriage ended, he returned to New York in 1942 to teach at the Art Students League and, during World War II, served as a correspondent and artist for the Army based out of Panama.

In 1944, Brook returned to Savannah with his third wife, the artist Gina Knee Brook. Through the mid-1940s, Brook continued to exhibit his works, primarily through the Rehn Gallery, contributed articles and essays to art journals, and was commissioned to paint two covers for the Saturday Evening Post. In 1948, the Brooks purchased and moved to their last home in Sag Harbor, Long Island. Believing realist work was no longer well received in critical and contemporary art circles, Brook slowly retreated from the art world, exhibiting his last solo show at Knoedler Galleries in 1952, and retiring from painting in 1966. Brook died on February 26, 1980.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art holds an oral history interview with Alexander Brook conducted by Paul Cummings, July 7-8, 1977. There is also substantial correspondence from Alexander Brook in the Peggy Bacon papers.
Separated Materials:
The photocopied typescript, "Myself and Others," was microfilmed upon receipt and is available on reel 3928.
Provenance:
The bulk of the papers were donated in several accretions by his Brook's wife, Gina Knee Brook, from 1981 to 1982. In 1982, she loaned a scrapbook for microfilming, which was later donated to the archives by Brook's son, Sandy Brook, in 1994. In 1985 and 1986, the Whitney Museum and Eloise Spaeth each donated a copy of Brook's typescript "Myself and Others."
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Topic:
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Watercolors
Sketches
Transcriptions
Scrapbooks
Sketchbooks
Interviews
Etchings
Illustrations
Citation:
Alexander Brook papers, 1900-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.brooalex
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw96b9d4967-9f77-4b68-846b-ca98f7416c59
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brooalex

Gauguin portraits edited by Cornelia Homburg, Christopher Riopelle ; with contributions by Elizabeth C. Childs [and five others]

Contributor:
Homburg, Cornelia  Search this
Riopelle, Christopher  Search this
Childs, Elizabeth C  Search this
Wright, Alastair 1965-  Search this
Jumeau-Lafond, Jean-David  Search this
Goddard, Linda  Search this
Gamboni, Dario  Search this
Guitton, Claire  Search this
Translator:
Terry, Judith  Search this
MacAvock, Jane  Search this
Author:
Container of (work): Gauguin, Paul 1848-1903 Works Selections  Search this
Host institution:
National Gallery of Canada  Search this
National Gallery (Great Britain)  Search this
Physical description:
271 pages color illustrations, portraits 32 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Expositions
Portraits
Illustrated works
Essays
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
France
Date:
2019
19th century
Topic:
Portraits, French  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Primitivism in art  Search this
Male artists  Search this
Themes, motives  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.G28 N38 2019
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1109878

Impressionist and post-impressionist works from a British collection / Dewey F. Mosby

Author:
Mosby, Dewey F. 1942-  Search this
Picker Gallery  Search this
Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery  Search this
British Rail Pension Funds Works of Art Collection  Search this
Subject:
British Rail Pension Funds Works of Art Collections Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
143 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
France
Date:
1986
C1986
19th century
Topic:
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Art, French  Search this
Drawing  Search this
Prints  Search this
Call number:
N6847.5.I4 M89 1986
N6847.5.I4M89 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_325479

Impressionism and post-impressionism, 1874-1904; sources and documents

Author:
Nochlin, Linda  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 222 p. facsim. 23 cm
Type:
Sources
Date:
1966
[1966]
19th century
Topic:
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
ND1265 .N58X
ND1265.N58X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_9150

Japan & Paris : Impressionism, Post impressionism, and the Modern Era / with essays by Christine M.E. Guth, Alicia Volk, Emiko Yamanashi ; catalogue entries by Redmond Entwistle ... [et al.]

Title:
Japan and Paris
Author:
Entwistle, Redmond  Search this
Guth, Christine  Search this
Volk, Alicia  Search this
Yamanashi, Emiko  Search this
Honolulu Academy of Arts  Search this
Subject:
Honolulu Academy of Arts  Search this
Physical description:
191, [1] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
France
Date:
2004
C2004
Meiji period, 1868-1912
Topic:
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Painting, Japanese--European influences  Search this
Painting, Japanese--French influences  Search this
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Call number:
ND1054.5 .J37 2004
ND1054.5 .J36 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_742441

Public parks, private gardens : Paris to Provence / Colta Ives ; edited by Cynthia Clark and Emily Walter

Author:
Ives, Colta Feller  Search this
Editor:
Clark, Cynthia  Search this
Walter, Emily  Search this
Issuing body:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 204 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
France
Paris
Provence
Date:
2018
19th century
Topic:
Parks in art  Search this
Gardens in art  Search this
Landscape painting, French  Search this
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1098546

Critical readings in Impressionism and post-Impressionism : an anthology / edited by Mary Tompkins Lewis

Title:
Critical readings in Impressionism & post-Impressionism
Impressionism and post-Impressionism
Author:
Lewis, Mary Tompkins  Search this
Physical description:
x, 347 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
France
Date:
2007
C2007
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Impressionism (Art)  Search this
Post-impressionism (Art)  Search this
Painting, French  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_820074

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