"The Conversation"   Lot no. 2538

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By George Brehm (1878-1966)

20.00" x 24.50"
Charcoal on Paper
Signed Lower Left



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Both George Brehm and his younger brother Worth, had the ability to illustrate stories about children, particularly boys, sympathetically and convincingly. Perhaps this insight developed from their small-town Hoosier upbringing.

    George studied at the Art Students League in New York with Twachtman, DuMond, and Bridgman, but did his first illustration for the Reader’s Magazine, published by the Bobbs-Merrill Company near his home in Indianapolis. On the strength of this work, he obtained an assignment from The Delineator in New York, and his career was launched. Over the years, he illustrated a variety of mainstream magazines; his most memorable pictures were done for The Saturday Evening Post for story series by Booth Tarkington, Octavius Roy Cohen, and M. G. Chute.

    It was a source of pride to Brehm that the Post never required him to submit preliminary sketches, although he made many of them for himself before embarking on a finished piece.