Oil on canvas painting of fruits in a shallow dish, 6" by 12" (10" by 16" nicely framed), signed at lower right by the well-known American artist ALEXANDER BROOK (1898-1980). The subdued colors and careful arrangement suggest familiarity with the great Italian still life master Giorgio Morandi. There is a coldness, a stillness, that is quite monumental. Brook was born in Brooklyn, and studied at the Art Students League from 1914-1918. He married painter Peggy Bacon, and was divorced from her in 1940. After that year he lived in the Sag Harbor area of Long Island, marrying artist Gina Knee. For some years he worked in the Savannah, Georgia area and collectors in that area seek his works. After about 1965, he retired from painting. Today Brook's landscape, still life, and figural works appear with some frequency at auction, where they have brought to at least the $20,000 area. He is considered primarily a realist painter.
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