Saturday, July 2, 2016

Leon Kroll: Prolific American Painter of the Early and Mid 20th Century...and naked ladies.


You won't guess from Kroll's many landscapes and interesting city scenes featuring New York City in the early years of the century; later on, Life Magazine dubbed him "the dean of the nude" painters for his multitude of languid ladies posed nude on various pieces of furniture.

"West Shore Terminal" was one in the "ash can school", featuring gritty, industrial and transportation scenes from the period. Another version of this painting (not in the Orlando Museum) was this exact scene, painted in "summer clothes".

The artist lived from 1884-1974.

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