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Leon Kroll

Danenberg Galleries

It is difficult to exaggerate the pleasure one feels at the Leon Kroll exhibition, “The Undiscovered Years,” by which name its organizers mean the production from about 1908 to the end of the 1920s. Several notable issues are alluded to in so simple a phrase, particularly the misapprehension, even revulsion that we feel vis-à-vis later Kroll, who, in the 1930s, as our preeminent National Academician, came to purvey a slick, quasi-Ingriste nude to enormous public reception. It is ever to our discredit that in 1936, when the Carnegie International awarded Kroll the first prize, Pierre Bonnard came to our shores to accept its second prize.

Early on, at the turn of the century, Kroll had been opened to the possibilities of Impressionism, first at the Art Student’s League under Twachtman, and later in Paris, where he came to know the more emotive evolutions of Neo-impressionism as it burst forth

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