Leon Kroll (American, 1884-1975)
Portrait of a Seated Woman
Signed "Leon Kroll" l.r.
Oil on canvas, 36 x 27 in. (91.4 x 68.6 cm), framed.
Condition: Lined, retouch.
N.B. A realist painter of landscapes, figures, and still lifes, Leon Kroll was born in New York City in 1884. He received his formal training at the Art Students League as well as the National Academy School, which he entered in 1904. Four years later, Kroll won the Academy's premier award. He began his studies abroad soon after as a student of Jean-Paul Laurens at the Académie Julian in Paris. There he was influenced by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, particularly by Paul Cézanne, and displayed his work in several prominent exhibitions. The art he produced in Paris and later exhibited in a one-man show in America brought him considerable financial success. In addition to painting, Kroll taught at the Maryland Institute, National Academy, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Toward the end of his career, he was hired by the WPA to paint murals for the Department of Justice Building. Kroll's other subjects include cityscapes of New York and various views of Rockport and Gloucester, Massachusetts, Monhegan Island, Maine, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. His works are featured in numerous public and private collections including the Los Angeles County Museums, The Detroit Art Institute, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.