Leon Kroll papers


Leon Kroll papers

circa 1900-1988

The papers of realist painter, muralist, and art instructor Leon Kroll date from circa 1900 to 1988 and measure 8.7 linear feet. The collection documents Kroll's painting career, teaching, and active participation in numerous art organizations. Over one-half of the collection is correspondence with artists, schools, galleries, museums, patrons, arts organizations, family members, and others. Also found are scattered biographical material, writings and notes, legal and financial records, exhibition catalogs, clippings, other printed material, photographs of Kroll and colleagues, loose drawings, and nine sketchbooks.Biographical material contains chronologies, biographical essays, awards, price lists, interview transcripts, and a file about the Committee on Government and Art. More than one-half of the collection consists of Kroll's personal and professional correspondence with artists such as Gifford Beal, George Biddle, Isabel Bishop, Barry Faulkner, William Glackens, Robert Henri, Paul Manship, Hobart Nichols, Eugene Speicher, Maurice Stern, Esther Williams, and many others. Additional correspondence is with art critics, curators, dealers, students, patrons, schools, museums, and numerous arts organizations. There is also extensive correspondence with arts administrators regarding government art projects, especially his friend and fellow artist Edward Bruce, Director of the U. S. Treasury Department's Section for Fine Arts. Writings and notes by Leon Kroll including autobiographical essays, drafts of lectures and speeches, lists, and other scattered notes. Also found is a small amount of writings by others, including an essay by Julia Langsam describing her experience as an artist's model for Kroll. Legal and financial records include contracts, loan agreements, art sales receipts, and several ledgers recording consignments and monthly receipts and expenditures. One ledger specifically documents financial transactions for Kroll's mural commissions for the Justice Department and the Worcester War Memorial. Printed material contains numerous news clippings about Kroll and his work and includes several articles written by Kroll. Also found are exhibition announcements and catalogs for Kroll's solo exhibitions, material about the Worcester War memorial, and miscellaneous printed items. Photographs include one of Kroll with his family, Kroll in his studio and working on murals, and several of him with other artists as jurors for art exhibitions. Artists pictured include Isabel Bishop, Reginal Marsh, John Sloan, Raphael Soyer, Eugene Speicher, and others. Also found are photographs of Edward Bruce, as well as photographs of exhibitions, artwork by Leon Kroll, and artwork by others. All of the original artwork in this collection is by Leon Kroll and includes loose drawings and ten sketchbooks containing drawings of landscapes, figures, portraits, and animals.


SNAC Resource ID: 6630580

Archives of American Art

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Langsam, Julie (American artist, contemporary)

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Speicher, Eugene Edward, 1883-1962

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Eugene Speicher, born in New York in 1883, was best known for his portraits of women. From the description of Letter to Julian Street, ca. 1912. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122499606 Portrait, figure, landscape, and still life painter and draftsman; New York, N.Y. From the description of Eugene E. Speicher papers, 1906-1954. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122355097 Eugene Edward Speicher (1883-1962) ...

Glackens, William J., 1870-1938.

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Manship, Paul, 1885-1966

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Sculptor. From the description of Reminiscences of Paul Manship : oral history, 1956. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309733743 From the description of Paul Manship interview, 1959 Feb. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80437629 Sculptor; New York, N.Y. From the description of Paul Manship papers, 1863-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122502772 From the description of Paul Manship interview, 1956 Oct. 9-31...

Nichols, Hobart, 1869-1962

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Landscape painter and illustrator; Bronxville, New York. Born in Washington, D.C. Studied at the Academie Julian. President of the National Academy of Design, 1939-1949, President Emeritus, from 1949; Vice-President and Director, Tiffany Foundation, New York; Assistant to Director of Fine Arts, United States Commission, Paris Exposition 1900. From the description of Hobart Nichols papers, [ca. 1895]-1958. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122502551 ...

Faulkner, Barry, 1881-1966

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Artist. From the description of Barry Faulkner papers, 1861-1966 (bulk 1900-1966). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82380415 Muralist, painter, and teacher; Keene, N.H. Studied with George de Forest Brush, Abbott Handerson Thayer, and at the American Academy in Rome. Was a trustee of the McDowell Colony, Peterborough, N.H. Died Oct. 27, 1966. From the description of Barry Faulkner papers, 1900-1973. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78618549 ...

Biddle, George, 1885-1973

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George Biddle was an author and a widely exhibited artist who also contributed to national magazines. He died in 1973. From the description of Business and personal papers, 1929-1943. (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 122573566 B. 1885 d. 1973. From the description of George Biddle artist file. (Whitney Museum of American Art). WorldCat record id: 228433040 American artist and Chairman, War Department Art Advisory Committee. From the ...

Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988

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Artist; interviewee married Harold G. Wolff. From the description of Reminiscences of Isabel Bishop : oral history, 1956. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309726591 Painter; New York, (N.Y.). Died 1988. From the description of Isabel Bishop interview, 1987 Nov. 12- Dec. 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220201617 Painter; New York, N.Y.; d. 1988. From the description of Isabel Bishop interview, 1987 Nov. 12-...

Williams, Esther, 1907-1969

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Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943

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Painter, lawyer, businessman, and art director; Washington, D.C. b. 1879, Dover Plains, N.Y.; d. 1943, Washington, D.C. Practiced law in N.Y. and Manila, Philippines; president of Pacific Development Corporation of California; lived and painted in Anticoli Carrado, Italy; director of the Treasury Dept.'s Section of Fine Arts. From the description of Edward Bruce papers, 1902-1960 (bulk 1932-1942). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80468367 ...

Langsam, Julie

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Beal, Gifford, 1879-1956

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The vertical files of the Whitney Library originated with the Museum's founding in 1930 and include research materials on 20th century American art. Central to the collection are the files of the American Art Research Council, an agency administered by the Whitney Museum between 1942 and 1948, in cooperation with thirty museums and university art departments, to document and authenticate American art. The library now serves as a repository for the AARC records. The Council compiled records of th...

Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957

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Maurice Sterne, Russian-born artist and sculptor, was noted for his series of paintings on Bali and was commissioned to execute a series of large murals for the Justice Department Building in Washington. From the description of Maurice Sterne papers, 1912-1963. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702133024 Sterne recalls having spent evenings with Werfel in Venice in 1923. From the description of Correspondence to Franz Werfel, 1940. (University of Pennsylvania Librar...

Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974

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Artist. From the description of Reminiscences of Leon Kroll : oral history, 1957. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309743152 Leon Kroll (1884-1974) was a painter from New York, N.Y. Kroll was a leading painter during the 1920's and 1930's. From the description of Leon Kroll papers, 1905-1974. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220244127 Leon Kroll (1884-1974) of New York, N.Y., was a pai...

Henri, Robert, 1865-1929

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Painter, illustrator; New York, N.Y. From the description of Robert Henri letter, 1911 Feb. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79700794 American artist. From the description of Robert Henri papers, 1922-1928. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63935956 From the description of Robert Henri speedwriting card index, circa 1922-1928. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 298597773 From the description of Robert Henri diary ...