Robert Brackman (1898-1980)
My Wife, Frances, 1937. Oil on canvas

Robert Brackman (1898-1980)
Early Member
My Wife, Frances
Oil on canvas
Mystic Museum of Art Permanent Collection
Donated by Mrs. Frances Brackman and Family

Robert Brackman was born in Odes’ka Oblast, Ukraine, and ten years old when his family emigrated from the Russian Empire in 1908. Eventually he settled in Noank, CT, where he taught summer workshops and classes out of his home studio.

He studied at the National Academy of Design in New York and the Ferrer School in San Francisco, before becoming a teacher himself at the American Art School in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum School, The Art Students League (of which he was also a member), and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and Madison Art school, both in Connecticut. In 1932, Brackman was elected to the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, becoming a full Academician in 1940. He was also a member of the Allied Artists of America, Audubon Society of Artists, the Paint and Clay Club, and the American Watercolor Society. He also served at President of the Mystic Art Association.

Brackman was also one of the most sought-after portrait painters of his day, commissioned to paint John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Charles Lindbergh, John Foster Dulles, and actress Jennifer Jones for use as a prop in the 1948 film A Portrait of Jennie.