Kredel, Fritz, 1900-1973

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Fritz Kredel was a renowned and versatile illustrator and artist. He found early success in Germany, culminating in a Gold medal for Book Illustration at the 1937 Paris World Exposition. His success continued in the United States, where he illustrated a book written by Eleanor Roosevelt, and later was commissioned to design a woodcut of the Presidential Seal for John F. Kennedy's inauguration. Diverse and prolific, Kredel's illustrations are whimsical, detailed, and individual.

From the description of Fritz Kredel papers, 1951-1957. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 54429026

Fritz Kredel (1900-1973), American illustrator and woodcut artist.

From the description of Photoengravings used in The Offenbacher Haggadah, 1927. (RIT Library). WorldCat record id: 653230390

Fritz Kredel was born in Odenwald, Germany, and studied art under Rudolf Koch and Victor Hammer. After teaching art in Offenbach-am-Main and working as an artist and illustrator in the Rudolf Koch workshop, Kredel emigrated to the United States in 1938. He began teaching at Cooper Union Art School in 1940. His list of awards includes the Golden Medal for book illustration at the World Exhibition (1938), the Silver Jubilee Citation of the Limited Editions Club (1954) and the Goethe Plaquette (German, 1960). Many of the books he illustrated were selected by the American Institute of Graphic Arts for inclusion on their annual list.

From the description of Fritz Kredel papers, 1935-1963. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63286482

Fritz Kredel, illustrator originally from Germany, who settled in New York City in 1938. He illustrated the H. Bittner and Company's Soldiers of the American Army 1775-1941; Frederick P. Todd wrote the text.

From the description of Fritz Kredel and Frederick P. Todd working papers for Soldiers of the American Army, 1941. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702164511

From the description of Fritz Kredel and Frederick P. Todd working papers for Soldiers of the American Army, 1941. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78467530

Fritz Kredel: German artist, working in Germany and the United States, 1900-1973.

George Salter: German graphic artist, educator, and calligrapher, working in Germany and the United States, 1897-1967.

From the description of AM Wegesrand. Wood blocks [realia] / Fritz Kredel. 1961. (Morton Arboretum). WorldCat record id: 62163837

Fritz Kredel (1900-1973) began his graphic education as an art student in Munich. In the early 1920s he studied with Rudolf Koch, type designer for Gebr. Klingspor in Offenbach, becoming Koch's assistant both at the foundry and at the Offenbach technical school, where he taught graphic design and developed his skills as a woodcut artist. After Koch's death in 1934, Kredel moved to Frankfurt and set up a studio in the Stadel Museum, where he was surrounded by a circle of artists interested in graphic design.

In 1936, Fritz Kredel fled Germany, moving with his family first to Austria, then, with the help of Melbert Cary, to New York in 1938. In America, Kredel illustrated a number of volumes for George Macy's Limited Editions Club and established himself as a graphic arttist, illustrator, teacher and active typophile.

From the description of Fritz Kredel collection, 1915-1973. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702152425

Fritz Kredel was born February 8, 1900, in Michelstadt, Odenwald, Germany. He was the son or a major in the Prussian army, and was himself in the German army during WWI. In 1938 he emigrated to the United States, eventually becoming a naturalized citizen. Although he wrote a small number of books in German, his career was basically as an illustrator. He worked in a variety of styles, and illustrated in a variety of literary genres, from Plato and Shakespeare to children's books. He died on June 10, 1973.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author, vol. 17

From the guide to the Fritz Kredel Papers, 1935-1963, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Fairbank, Alfred J. [Letters by modern calligraphers and typographers purchased from Martin Breslauer in 1966] [manuscript]. Toronto Public Library
creatorOf Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Material by and about Warren Chappell inserted in books in his library, 1964-1980. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Kredel, Fritz, 1900-1973. Fritz Kredel collection, 1915-1973. Yale University Library
creatorOf Kredel, Fritz, 1900-1973. Wood blocks for The Hall Carbine affair: an essay in historiography. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Fritz Kredel Papers, 1935-1963 University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc]
creatorOf Kredel, Fritz, 1900-1973. Fritz Kredel papers, 1935-1963. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Material by and about Warren Chappell, 1937-1989. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Press of the Woolly Whale. Visitors' book, 1928-1941. RIT Library, Wallace Library
referencedIn Macy, George. George Macy papers, 1916-1970. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Material by and about Warren Chappell inserted in books in his library [manuscript], 1964-1980. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Kredel, Fritz, 1900-1973. Fritz Kredel papers, 1951-1957. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn T. M. Cleland Papers, 1880-1964, (bulk 1920-1963) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Cheever, Lawrence Oakley, 1907-1974. Papers, 1931-1966. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Kredel, Fritz, 1900-1973. Fritz Kredel and Frederick P. Todd working papers for Soldiers of the American Army, 1941. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Kredel, Fritz, 1900-1973. AM Wegesrand. Wood blocks [realia] / Fritz Kredel. Morton Arboretum, Sterling Morton Library
creatorOf Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Papers of Warren Chappell, 1934-1973. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf KREDEL, FRITZ. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Kredel, Fritz, 1900-1973. Fritz Kredel and Frederick P. Todd working papers for Soldiers of the American Army, 1941. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous drawings for book illustration, [before 1744]-1930s. Houghton Library
creatorOf Wolpe, Berthold,. Deutsche Kinderlieder : manuscript, 1932. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Papers of Warren Chappell, 1932, 1946, 1975-1983. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Press of the Woolly Whale. Press of the Woolly Whale collection, 1928-1972 (inclusive), 1928-1941 (bulk) RIT Library, Wallace Library
creatorOf Kredel, Fritz, 1900-1973. Photoengravings used in The Offenbacher Haggadah, 1927. RIT Library, Wallace Library
creatorOf Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. Papers of Mark Twain [manuscript], 1862-1946, bulk 1872-1910. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Cary, Melbert B. (Melbert Brinckerhoff), 1892-1941. Melbert B. Cary Jr. collection, 1895-1986. RIT Library, Wallace Library
creatorOf Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Papers of Warren Chappell [manuscript], 1870-1994. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Avrin, Leila. person
associatedWith Cary, Melbert B. (Melbert Brinckerhoff), 1892-1941. person
associatedWith Cassel-Wronker, Lili, 1924- person
associatedWith Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. person
correspondedWith Cheever, Lawrence Oakley, 1907-1974. person
correspondedWith Cleland, T. M. (Thomas Maitland), 1880-1964 person
associatedWith Gravesend Press, Lexington, Kentucky. corporateBody
associatedWith Guggenheim, Siegfried. person
associatedWith Halbey, Hans Adolf. person
associatedWith Hammer, Victor Karl, 1882-1967. person
associatedWith Heine, Heinrich, 1797-1856. person
associatedWith Heinrichsen, Friedrich, 1901- person
associatedWith Koch, Rudolf, 1876-1934. person
associatedWith Limited Editions Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Macy, George. person
associatedWith Mardersteig, Giovanni, 1892-1977. person
associatedWith Press of the Woolly Whale. corporateBody
associatedWith Salter, George, 1897-1967. person
associatedWith Stamperia Valdonega, corporateBody
associatedWith Todd, Frederick P. person
associatedWith Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. person
associatedWith United States. Army corporateBody
associatedWith Volmer, Karl. person
associatedWith Wasson, R. Gordon (Robert Gordon), 1898-1986. person
associatedWith Wolpe, Berthold, person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Germany
Subject
Plants--Roots
Printing plates--Specimens
Illustration of books--20th century
Illustrators
Wood-engraving
Illustration
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Birth 1900-02-08

Death 1973-06-12

Germans

German,

English

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