By Vanessa Nesvig
Coordinatorof Special Projects
This still-life painting has to it a bit more than meets the eye. Who does it remind you of? What style?
Kramer was a German born artist who fell in love with an American girl while studying art in Europe and the two came back to America and settled in Woodstock, N.Y. Though already an artist community, Kramer was a huge proponent of Modern art, and started a group there whose motto was “modern art or die!” A great teacher himself, his early influences were Georges Braque and Ferdinand Leger as well as the Blue Rider Group. This painting was painted after Kramer had seen an exhibition in New York of French artists. Look around in this gallery and you will see a Braque still life that has some similar qualities. The groups love of folk crafts is evident in the stippling and stencil looking designs, which was also interesting to Braque and his circle. See the Leger in this gallery and see if you can notice his influence as well on this Modern American painter.
Image credit: Konrad Cramer (United States (born Germany), 1888-1963), White Bowl with Fruit and Indian Jug, 1930, oil on board, 24 x 30 inches, Museum purchase with support from the Friends of the Collection, Director’s and Curators’ Hamill Acquistion Fund for American Art, and William McGonagle