|Artist:||Henry Botkin (American, 1896-1983)|
|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.