CARL KRAFFT Signed Etching Creek in Winter
CARL KRAFFT (American 1884-1938) Signed Creek in Winter, no. 2 of 50. The starkness of an Ozark winter with home on the horizon. Very desirable early 20th century Midwestern Regionalist Artist, KRAFFT is known as "The Painter Poet of the Ozarks" and widely collected.
6x7.75in/15.5x20cm 10x11.75in/25.5x30cm matted
KRAFFT was born in Reading, Ohio August 23 1884, Carl Krafft was the son of Carl F. L. Krafft, a travelling Evangelical Lutheran Minister. Carl Krafft Sr. was born in Bavaria and was a descendant of Adam Krafft, a sixteenth century sculptor whose work can still be found around the old town of Nuremberg.Married in 1907 to Charlotte (Lottie) Lau, Carl for many years struggled financially to make it. He did commercial artwork in his early career in Chicago and studied evenings and then days at the Chicago Art Institute. It wasn't until the early 1920's with the success of a painting "Banks of the Gasconade" that allowed him to support his family and move out under the domineering thumb of his in-laws. Carl moved his family to Oak Park where he transformed the attic into his working studio. It was during the 20's and 30's that he produced some of his best work and with the help of his benefactor Mr. Anton Nelson (a musical instrument manufacturer) that Krafft became a highly productive artist.He maintained his studio in Oak Park and traveled to Brown County, IN to paint. But Krafft is also strongly associated with the Ozarks where he first visited in 1912 and continued to visit and paint for the majority of his life. Krafft founded the Society of Ozark Painters in Springfield, MO in 1914 with fellow artists Rudolph Ingerle. Not only did he produce a great deal of art at this time, but he also established the Austin, Oak Park, and River Forest Art League in 1921, a suburban art league that is still a thriving community.Carl Krafft was greatly influenced by his unique upbringing and early adulthood. It was this time that shaped him into the artist that is revered today. He went on to teach at the Chicago Art Institute, the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, various art leagues and private classes.