"IMPERSONATION OF A VICTORIAN LADY" (ca. 1940) by EDMUND BRUCKER (American, 1912 - 1999)

Edmund Brucker, who became a very important American Regionalist artist and teacher, was born in Cleveland, Ohio and lived in Indianapolis, Indiana. He studied art at the Cleveland School of Art with Henry Keller, Rolf Stoll and Paul Travis, and graduated in 1934. In 1938, Brucker joined the faculty of the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana where he taught until his retirement in the early 1980s. Brucker was best known as a portrait painter, yet was also a painter of the Great Lakes regional scene. Adept in both oil and watercolor, he produced a number of paintings depicting industrial and urban scenes. Many of his works are actually composite scenes formulated from sketches and detailed drawings made at different sites on separate occasions. Brucker’s stylized form of realism emphasizes design, composition and line and his palette is rich in its use of gray tones. He exhibited extensively and was awarded top honors in Hoosier Salon exhibitions on three different occasions. Edmund Brucker died in Indianapolis in 1999.

Studied 
Cleveland Institute of Art, diploma in painting in 1934, postgraduate study, 1934-1936 
Under Henry Keller 
Under Rolf Stoll 
Wayman Adams Summer School, 1944 

Exhibited
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1937, 1940, 1944, 1950 (145th Annual Painting & Sculpture)
Carnegie Institute, 1941 (Directions in American Painting)
Cleveland Museum of Art, 1929-46
Butler Art Institute, 1937-45
John Herron Art Institute, 1939-46
Hoosier Salon, 1939 (prize), 1940 (prize), 1941-46
American Artists for Victory, 1942
Library of Congress, 1945
National Academy of Design, 1943

Member
Indiana Artists Club (first vice president 1970) 
Hoosier Salon Patrons Association 
Indiana Society of Printmakers (director, 1950) 
Milwaukee Art Institute, 1946
Paintings of the Year, Pepsi-Cola 3rd Annual, New York, 1946
Contemporary Arts of United States, Los Angeles, CA, 1956
Illinois State Fair 12th Professional Art Exhibition, 1958 (first prize in oils)
Louisiana State University International Drawing Invitational, Baton Rouge, 1965
Indiana State Fair
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, 2000
Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Austria, 2000
Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary, 2000
Washington Pavilion of Arts & Sciences, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2001

Work 
Cleveland Museum of Art 
Purdue University 
DePauw University 
Indianapolis Museum of Art 
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio 
Evansville, Museum of Arts & Science 
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 
Indiana University 
Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 2001

Awards 
William H. Block Company first prize, Hoosier Salon Patrons Assn., 1962
Millikin Award for Artists Achievement, Art Association, Indianapolis, 1963

References 
Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
Hall, Painters of the Great Lakes Scene
Hall and Glascock, Great Lakes Muse, American Scene Painting in the Upper Midwest 1910-1960
Krantz, American Artists / Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporary Artists
Mallett, Mallett’s Index of Artists: International-Biographical
Newton, A Grand Tradition: The Art and Artists of the Hoosier Salon
Peat, Portraits and Painters of the Governors of Indiana, 1800-1978
Stearns, Illusions of Eden: Visions of the American Heartland
Warkel, American Art Review: The Herron School of Art Centennial, Dec. 2002
Maciejunes, American Art Review: Visions of the American Heartland. April 2000
(Ed), Collectors of American Art, Inc. Annual Bulletin, Vol. XI, December 1947
Smith, The Drawings of Edmund Brucker: American Artist Magazine, 1956 Indianapolis Star Magazine: Medium of the Ancients, 1959
Harold, Prize- Winning Paintings, blk Ill, 1963.