Brook, Alexander, 1898–1980, American painter, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. Brook's paintings, which are consistently realistic, include portraits, still-life subjects, landscapes, and figures. His color is subtle and reserved. A deep respect for human personality characterizes much of his work, often with overtones of wry humor or irony. Among his major works are Amalia (Toledo Mus. of Art), Peggy Bacon and Metaphysics (Univ. of Nebraska), and The Sentinels (Whitney Mus., New York City). Brook was married (1920–40) to the artist Peggy Bacon and later to the painter Gina Knee.
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