A Tribute to the late
Thomas S. Buechner
1926-2010

Artist Pic - Thomas S. Buechner 6

Born in New York City in 1926, Thomas Scharman Buechner attended Princeton University, the The Art Students League of New York and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He studied old master painting techniques in Amsterdam with M.M. van Dantzig, a pupil of Max Doerner’s. He specialized in exhibition design and was later employed by the Display Department of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The first Director of the Corning Museum of Glass (1950-1960) and then Director of the Brooklyn Museum (1960-1971), Buechner simultaneously worked as an illustrator for the Chicago Tribune’s and the Washington Post’s “Book World”. In 1972, he became President of Steuben Glass, Chairman of the Corning Glass Works Foundation and President of the Corning Museum of Glass. He helped to establish the The Rockwell Museum in 1976, serving as its President for ten years. In 1985 he became a Vice President of Corning Glass Works. As author and lecturer, Buechner is known to glass scholars, artists and collectors. He wrote the glass section for the Encyclopedia Britannica and founded both the Journal of Glass Studies and the New Glass Review. His best known book is Norman Rockwell, Artist and Illustrator. Painting full time since 1986, he remained a consultant to Corning Incorporated and served on a number of boards. An established portrait, landscape and still life painter, Buechner had many one-man exhibitions in New York, throughout this country, and in Germany and Japan. His paintings are in several museum collections, including the The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art. He taught in Rome, Germany and, regionally, in Corning and Elmira. West End Gallery has represented Tom since 1981. Buechner died peacefully at his home on June 13, 2010 after a brief illness. The Buechner Family has entrusted West End Gallery to be the sole representative for the remaining collection of his artwork.

2022 New Image Debut: We’re pleased to share the following artwork which is new to our website! 

2022 Tribute to Thomas S. Buechner:
This collection of Buechner’s artwork, mostly painted within the decade prior to his passing, features portraits, still lifes and landscapes.

View more by category…

Thomas S. Buechner "Grandmother with Sisters" 11x14 oil $2,450. framed

Caricatures

Thomas S. Buechner "Jody Profile" 8x10 unframed oil $1,870.

Models

Thomas S. Buechner "Clematis" 16x20 oil $3,390.

Floral

Thomas S. Buechner "Memorial Library" 16x20 oil framed $3,390.

Landscape

Thomas S. Buechner "Cabbage, Carrots and Onions" 20x24 oil $4490.

Still Life