American, 1884-1938

c. 1920
oil on canvas,


Housed in a contemporary American Impressionist carved finished corner frame


Important Chicago landscape painter, working also in Brown County, Indiana, and the Missouri Ozarks.
He founded the Oak Park Art League and co-founded the Ozark Society of Artists, with Frank Nuderscher.


Museums (3): The Art Institute of Chicago, Richmond Art Museum (Richmond, Indiana); Union League Club of Chicago


  Books (26): including Carl Krafft, Davies; Masterworksof American Impressionism, Gerdts; Those Brown County Artists,

Nesbit; The Pennsylvania Impressionists; Folk

Image size: 18" x 20"




Birth place: Reading, OH

Death place: Oak Park, IL

Addresses: Chicago and Oak Park, IL

Profession: Painter


Studied: Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago Fine Arts Academy; E.E. Savage; L. Kroll.


Exhibited: Art Institute of Chicago, 1912-35 (1915, prize; 1920, med.; 1925, med.); Municipal Art League, 1916 (prize); Chicago Artists

Guild, 1916 (prize); Artists Guild, 1917 (prize); Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Annual, 1918-28 (8 times); Illinois Art Exposition, 1920

(medal); Chicago Society of Artists, 1921 (medal); Central States Exhibition, Aurora, 1922 (medal); Corcoran Gallery biennials, 1923-28 (3 times);

Allied Artists Association, 1926 (med.); Chicago Gallery of Art, prizes in 1926-27, 1929-30; Oak Park Art League, 1930; Society of

Ozark Painters


Member: Soc. of Ozark Painters (pres., 1915); Chicago Painters Society; Cliff Dwellers; All-Illinois Society of Fine Art; Allied Art Association;

Austin, Oak Park and River Forest Art League; Chicago Gallery of Art.; Illinois Academy of Fine Art; Grand Central Art Gallery


Work: Art Institute of Chicago, Municipal Art League, Chicago; Peoria Society of Allied Arts; Englewood Women's Club.; Los Angeles

County Museum of Art; Aurora (Ill.) Art League; Arche CI., Chicago; South Shore Country CI., Chicago; Wichita Falls, Tex.;

Lincoln School, River Forest, Ill., University of  Illinois; Illinois State Museum; murals, First National Bank, York High School., both in

Elmhurst, Ill.; Richmond, Indiana Art Association; Howe School, Austin; Faulkner School, Chicago; Holmes School, Oak Park CI., First Methodist

Church, Nineteenth Century Women's CIub, Municipal Bldg., Public Library, all in Oak Park; Blackburn College, Carlinville, Ill.; Public School,

Kenilworth; Glen Oak Country CIub, Glen Ellyn; St. Olaf College, Minn.; Ryerson College


Comments: Midwestern painter, known for his decorative landscapes and genre paintings of rural Illinois and the Ozarks. Krafft painted at the

Brown County art colony before traveling to the Ozarks of south-central Missouri in the summer of 1914. He and friend Rudolph F. Ingerle soon drew

other artists to the region and created a major art colony.


Sources: WW40; 300 Years of American Art, 796; Gerdts, Art Across America, vol. 2: 310 and vol. 3: 59; Falk, Exh. Record Series.


This biography is drawn from the "Who Was Who in American Art"



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