Thursday, February 07, 2008

Leon Kroll (1884-1974)

Summer New York, 1931 by Leon Kroll
Sleep, 1922 by Leon Kroll
The Young Guitarist, 1961 by Leon Kroll

Leon Kroll was a great American artist who lived a long life and did some beautiful work in a classic, realist style. He is a genius worth looking at. These three figure paintings (shown here) knock my socks off.
"Born in New York City, Abraham Leon Kroll studied at the Art Students League, with Ohio-born John H. Twachtman, and in 1903, while attending the National Academy of Design, Kroll was awarded a scholarship to study painting in Europe. When his painting of a female nude won a Grand Prix prize in Paris in 1908, Leon Kroll began a career of winning major prizes in America, and portraying sensuous nude or semi-nude women in naturalistic settings, especially in and around the several stone quarry pools in Rockport." from a biography (McDougall Fine Arts).
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2 comments:

Lexi Amberson said...

Thank you.

Liza Cowan said...

Gorgeous. And NYC is where I grew up, so the views are like a glimpse into my childhood, particularly the one in Central Park. Thanks.