La Fin Du Ballet. 1939

by Louis Kronberg


MEDIUM: Oil on board
DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 29.5 x 33.8 ins/ 74.9 x 85.9 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Kronber'” (lower right); signed, titled and inscribed (verso)

Louis Kronberg was an American figure painter who is often referred to as ‘the American Degas’.


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    Although Kronberg is considered a “Tarbellite” because he trained with Tarbell and Benson, he was highly influenced by the French Impressionists and especially the pastels and oils of ballerinas painted by Degas. His work shows the influence of his French training, — his compositions are good and his colours soft and harmonious, yet with decided contrasts.

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    The artist was born in Boston, and studied at the Boston Museum School, under Edmund C. Tarbell and Frank Weston Benson, where he gained a Longfellow Travelling Scholarship.   He later studied at the Art Students’ League, New York, and at the Académie Julian from1894 for two years, under Jean-Paul Laurens, Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant and privately with Raphael Collin.

    Establishing himself in Boston, Kronberg was appointed instructor in the portrait class of Boston’s Copley Society of Art. He was vastly supported by Boston’s great ‘art matron’, Isabella Stewart Gardner and hence his work is represented in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as well as in the museums of Boston and Indianapolis. After Bernard Berenson, Kronberg frequently travelled to Paris to purchase art for the Gardner Museum. Living in Boston until 1919, he then moved to New York.

    From 1921-1922 he painted in Algiers and Spain. Later, he lived in Palm Beach and throughout his career still continued to travel back and forth to Paris.

    Kronberg was an Associate of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1935) and a full Academician.

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