Gerald Brockhurst: October 31, 1890-May 4, 1978

Jeunesse Dorée by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

1934 / Oil on board / 30”x24 4/5” / Lady Lever Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool, UK

British-born painter and etcher who became an American citizen in 1949. Precociously gifted, an excellent draughtsman, and a fine craftsman, Brockhurst won several prizes at the Royal Academy Schools and went on to have a highly successful career as a society portraitist, first in Britain and then in the USA, where he settled in 1939, working in New York and New Jersey. He is best known for his portraits of glamorous women, painted in an eye-catching, dramatically lit, formally posed style similar to that later associated with Annigoni. As an etcher Brockhurst is remembered particularly for Adolescence (1932), a powerful study of a naked girl on the verge of womanhood staring broodingly into a mirror—one of the masterpieces of 20th-century printmaking.  ~Oxford University Press

“Dorette” and Gerald Leslie Brockhurst~
Gerald Leslie Brockhurst painting the Duchess of Windsor~

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