George Gershwin

Artist: Henry Botkin (American, 1896-1983)
Title: George Gershwin
Date: 1930
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 37" x 46"
Location: to the Brooklyn College President's Office
Provenance: The Brooklyn College Library Collection. © Artist's Estate

The Brooklyn College Library Collection. © Artist's Estate

Henry Botkin was the first cousin of composer George Gershwin. In the late 1920's Gershwin began taking painting lessons from Botkin and became fascinated with painting. Near the end of his life, Gershwin was reputedly looking forward to giving up music so that he could devote himself completely to painting. Botkin also advised Gershwin in art collecting, often traveling to Paris to buy works for the composer and other prominent collectors.

Related Websites
- Henry Botkin at Childs Gallery
- Henry Botkin at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art

Suggested Readings
- Pollack, Howard. George Gershwin: His Life and Work, 2006.
Call Number: ML410 .G288 P65 2006
- Suriano, Gregory R. Gershwin in His Time: A Biographical Scrapbook, 1919-1937, 1998.
Call Number: ML410 .G288 G48 1998
- List of all Brooklyn College Library Items by or about George Gershwin