Am. 1909 - 1993
A photographer whose works are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Leo Brooks became a well-known Maine watercolorist late in his life. He began painting watercolors and developed his distinctive style on Monhegan Island in his 60's. This style is typified in Fishermen- Monhegan and Lighthouse, both of which are shown on the right. His playful experimentation is illustrated in Sparkling Foam, the detail of which is at the top of this page where he painted the foam of the waves with his fingers! His obituary in the New York Times provides an appropriate snapshot, "Man of strong conviction and good humor, lover of life, artist par excellence, warm and generous friend to many."
For a more detailed biographical essay, take a look at the excellent article by Edgar Allen Beem in the August 2009 edition of Down East magazine.
For images of some of Leo Brook's paintings and photographs in museum collections, click on the link below.
Farnsworth Art Museum - a number of paintings and photographs
Fishermen - Monhegan
28 x 21 in. watercolor signed "Leo Brooks" l.r. Provenance a No. Carolina collector $7,000
21 x 28 in. watercolor signed "Leo Brooks" l.r. Provenance a No. Carolina collector SOLD
22 x 29.5 in. watercolor signed "Leo Brooks" l.r. unframed Provenance Greenhut Galleries to a Portland, ME collector the collector's estate $2,500
On the Rocks
22.5 x 30 in. watercolor unframed Provenance the artist to a friend by gift to a Maine artist SOLD
Leo Brooks Untitled
11.5 x 15.5 in. watercolor signed "Leo Brooks" l.r. Provenance a midcoast Maine collector SOLD
21 x 28 in. watercolor signed "Leo Brooks" l.r. Provenance a Connecticut collector SOLD