American Art / Jon Corbino (1905-1964) Portrait of Ann Brockman 72 x 48 in. (182.8 x 121.9 cm.) (Painted circa 1938.)
US$3,000 - US$5,000
Ann Brockman (1896-1943), New York, gift from the artist, circa 1938.
William Charles McNulty (1884-1963), Gloucester, Massachusetts, husband of the above, by descent from the above, 1943.
Beatrice (Bea) (née Moskovitz) Gellman McNulty (1904-1981), St. Petersburg, Florida, wife of the above, by descent from the above, 1963.
Private collection, daughter of the above, by descent from the above, 1981.
By descent from the above to the present owner, son of the above, 2018.
"Corbino is the Rubens of New England," LIFE, June 13, 1938, vol. 4, no. 24, p. 29, illustrated.
This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Jon Corbino's work being prepared by Lee Corbino, daughter of Jon Corbino. This work is accompanied by a letter of authenticity dated June 18th, 2008 and signed by Lee Corbino.
The present work by Jon Corbino painted on a monumental scale depicts artist Ann Brockman (1899-1943). Brockman was born and raised in Alameda, California and eventually moved to New York, where she studied at the Art Students League with painters Gifford Beal (1879-1956) and John French Sloan (1871-1951) whose style and techniques influenced her work. Brockman was eventually introduced to fellow artist William Charles McNulty (1884-1963) and the two later married. It was through McNulty that Brockman met Corbino. The three artists became very close friends and McNulty and Corbino decided to open their own art school together in Rockport, Massachusetts where they taught courses and hosted a small art colony for several years. Arguably some of Brockman's best works were produced in Rockport, painting the landscape and people of both Rockport and Cape Cod. The three spent a great deal of time together, wintering in New York and summering in Rockport where they were neighbors. Years later when several of Corbino and McNulty's former students were interviewed for a biography on Corbino, a number of them recalled that Corbino and Brockman were even having an affair. The present work beautifully and endearingly pays tribute to an artist, friend, and lover that Corbino greatly admired. In 1938 for an article on Corbino for LIFE magazine, Corbino is photographed in his studio petting his dog Babe with the present work visible behind them.