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North American Art
The Cold
War

George Tooker
(Part 2)

 

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Tooker, Geroge: Self   George Claire Tooker

born: Brooklyn, NY, US; 5 August 1920
lives in: Hartland, Vermont, US

 

The first part of this summary biography is located in Part 1 of Tooker Gallery.

In 1960, George and his life partner, Bill Christopher, move to Vermont. They buy a barn in White River Junction and move it to their home site in Hartland. They cut the Barn down quite a bit and then add on additional rooms.

In the 60s Bill teaches in the fine arts department of Dartmouth University. George teaches at the Art Students League in New York. Both come to Vermont on weekends. They commute mostly by rail.

In 1968 they decide to live half a year in Malaga, Spain and half a year in Vermont. Bill finds the winters in Vermont difficult. So he stops teaching at Dartmouth and they both go to Spain for the winters. They plan to move there permanently.

In 1973 Bill Christopher dies in Spain. George returns to the Vermont house. In succeeding years he occasionally visits their place in Spain. But eventually, he gives up going to Spain at all. His paintings are now focused more on introspection and have lost much of the sexual tension of his work in the forties and the social commentary of his work in the fifties.

The years after Bill's death he finds difficult and leave him in emotional turmoil. He response he turns, in part, to the Catholic church, and he converts from Episcopalian to Roman Catholic.

He paints pictures for the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor, Vermont. These include a series for the stations of the cross and an altarpiece .

George Tooker still lives and works in rural Vermont.


 

The Sixties

 

Tooker: Entertainers

Entertainers
1960

Tooker: Lovers II

Lovers II
1961

Tooker: Meadow I

Meadow I
1961

 Tooker: Mirror I

Mirror I
1962

 Tooker: Mirror II

Mirror II
1963  

Tooker: Night I

Night I
1963

 Tooker: Sleep

Sleep
1964

Tooker: Self

Self Portrait
Fine Art Museums
San Francisco, CA, US

 Tooker: Lunch

Lunch
1964

 Tooker: Landscape with Figures

Landscape with Figures
1966

Tooker: Man in the Box

Man in the Box
1967

 Tooker: Odalesque

Odalisque
1967

 

Seventies and Eighties

 Tooker: Claveles

Claveles
1974

 Tooker: Pot of Aloes

Pot of Aloes
1974

 Tooker: Girl Praying

Girl Praying
1977

 Tooker: Orant Applause

Orant Applause
1977

 Tooker: Embrace

Embrace
1979

 Tooker: Mirror IV

Mirror IV
1979

 Tooker: Meadow II

Meadow II
1979

 

Tooker: Corporate Decision

Corporate Decision
1983

   Tooker: Landscape with Figures II

Landscape with Figures II
1985

 Tooker: Lantern

Lantern
1986

 Tooker: Lanterns

Lanterns
1986

 Tooker: Embrace of Peace I

Embrace of Peace I
1986

 Tooker: Girl with Basket

Girl with Basket
1988

Tooker: Garden Walk

Garden Walk
1990

 

 


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