George M. Bruestle, American, (1871-1939).
The son of immigrants, George Bruestle was born and raised in New York City where he began a lifelong career
in art. In 1886, the year that he enrolled at the Art Students League, Bruestle made his first trip to Essex,
Connecticut where he was inspired to paint. In 1900 when the Lyme Art Colony was officially formed, George was
spending time in Old Lyme.
He is best remembered for his small and intimate oils of the Lyme countryside. His distinctive hybrid style was
the result of a broad spectrum of influences. Inspired by the French Impressionists, George became impassioned
with painting the effects of sunlight. In addition, he was influenced by the academies that he attended in New
York and Paris where he developed an expertise in drawing as well as a fondness for the work of Corot.
His exposure to these various sources blended with certain regional influences through the free exchange of ideas
that characterized the art colonies and clubs of the day. As a result, his adaptation of Impressionist techniques,
combined with a stylistic tendency toward favored structural forms and compositions of the Lyme landscape, gave
Bruestle's work a uniquely American flavor.
Bruestle exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Institute, Corcoran Gallery Biennial, the Lyme
Art Asssociation, the National Academy of Design, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, to name a few.
His paintings are included in the collections of the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, the
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme CT, the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
"New England Countryside"
Signed, lower right.
Oil on canvasboard. 12" x 16"