Leon Kroll

Lot Details

Lot 417
Leon Kroll
American, 1884-1974
Abandoned Quarry, Gloucester, 1944
Signed Leon Kroll (lr), inscribed #93 Leon Kroll-Abandon Quarry (Quarry at Gloucester) (1932-finished 1944) on the stretcher
Oil on canvas
27 1/4 x 36 inches

Estate of the artist

Gloucester, MA, Cape Ann Historical Association, Leon Kroll on Cape Ann, Aug. 14, 2004-Jan. 31, 2005.

From 1912 on, Leon Kroll spent summers on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, residing mostly in villages on the outskirts of Gloucester. There he painted views of sunlit fields, but he was also inspired by the numerous granite quarries of the area, many of which became inactive after the industry declined in the 1920s. This subject suited the direction of Kroll's art as he moved from an Impressionist style to one influenced by the art of Paul Cézanne, to which he had been introduced by Leo Stein in Paris in 1927. In Abandoned Quarry, Gloucester, he simplified the shapes of steep-walled cavities, making use of Cézanne's colored planes to create volume and depth through subtle gradations of hue and tone. One critic described these works as "brick puzzle pictures." The painting is a prime example of Kroll's commitment to a realist art tempered with abstract principles.

C The Spanierman Gallery, LLC Collection of American Art

Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000
Sold for $12,500 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Frame rubbing. There is a light irregularly shaped scratch in the lower left corner, just under the railing. There is an area of inpaint, approximately 1 inch x 1 inch in the far right center. There is no further restoration visible under UV light.

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European, American, Modern & Contemporary Art

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