He was concerned with the human condition. 

A Complex Person

Emerson Burkhart - American Scene Artist 1905 - 1969


Burkhart created paintings depicting his disdain for wretched excess and our evolution to a disposable society.​


 After World War II Burkhart began to reflect on the rapidly changing societal landscape and its impact on his values.


As you learn more about Emerson...
You will find that he was a complex person, with strong Midwest roots. From his earliest days in Kalida, Ohio, it was clear he was destined to become an artist. As a youngster, he was given his first art lessons by a local minister who gave him pointers on drawing. Burkhart's teachers and classmates were also aware of his talent and often recruited him to produce playbills, posters and other artistic announcements for school activities. 

Original Art for Sale by Emerson Burkhart and Other Selected Artists was established to provide a web-based marketplace solution for collectors buying and selling original works by this renowned American Scene artist and other quality works of art. The pieces offered for sale on this site are not brokered by dealers, rather by individuals, thus reducing the need for expensive commissions. 

Paintings From an Important Collection
More than 40 works by Emerson Burkhart from the estate of Karl Jaeger are available for purchase.  These fresh to the market paintings are featured in a special online gallery located here on  They were the property of Karl Jaeger and the International School of America, executors of Burkhart’s estate.  

This is a rare chance to acquire outstanding works, most of which have been privately held by Mr. Jaeger for more than 45 years.  Many of these paintings were exhibited in the Burkhart Retrospective Exhibition held at the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts in 1970 and are visually depicted in the exhibition catalog.  Don’t miss this opportunity to own a great Burkhart work from such an important collection.