NENA DE BRENNECKE
OIL ON PANEL, SIGNED
AMERICAN, DATED 1933
47 X 23 INCHES
Nena (Nina) de Brennecke (Muriel)Jackson)
Brenncke was born in Buenas Aires, Argentina.
She was a sculptor and a mural painter, she studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College in London with Henri Matisse in France, and with Willie Wulf and Robert Henri.
In 1923 she married Dr. Ernest de Brennecke in London, England, they were divorsed seven years later in New York.
De Brennecke created the bronze entrance doors adorned with American Indian dancers with motifs, and she he designed the elevator doors and did a sculpture for the Board of Directors room at the Colorado Business Bank in downtown Denver. Several other guild member collaborated on the building’s interior and exterior ornamentation.
De Brennecke also did the façade sculpture for the Motor Bus Terminal in Denver, which has since been demolished, as well as interior plaster and woodcarving reliefs and the exterior terracotta and bronze reliefs for the Railway Savings Bank in Pueblo, Colorado.
In the 1930s de Brennecke was active as an artist in Brooklyn, New York.
The WPA commissioned her to create carved wood reliefs for the Post Office in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, Paulsboro, New Jersey, Hamlet, North Carolina, and Windsor, Connecticut.
De Brennecke participated in group exhibitions in London in 1914, 1917, 1920, Paris Salon in 1914, Denver Art Museun in 1927,University of Chicago in 1931, and the Brooklyn Museum 1935.
She is represented collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Denver Public Library Western Art Collection, Denver Public Library Western Art Collection.