09-15-2006 09-15-2006
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2329 Boston
September 15, 2006 12:00PMCalender

Leon Kroll (American, 1884-1975) Portrait of a Seated Woman

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2329 Location: Boston Date / Time: September 15, 2006 12:00PM


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.
Estimate $30,000-50,000


Leon Kroll, New York City, realist painter , National Academy School, Art Students League, Paris, the Academy's premier award, Jean-Paul Laurens, Paul Cézanne, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Maryland Institute, National Academy, Department of Justice Building, Maine, Massachusetts, Gloucester, Rockport, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Smithsonian, Detroit Art Institute, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Detroit Art Institute