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Louis Kronberg
Richard Merrick Playing "Cyrano"
Garden Theatre, New York, 1909
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 in.

Pastel on board 25 x 19 inches,
Signed lower left L. Kronberg and initialed L.K. lower right,
Inscribed upper left, Nina, the Gypsie

Louis Kronberg

(American, 1872-1965)

Louis Kronberg was a painter, art dealer, advisor and teacher who was born in 1872 in Boston, Massachusetts and died in Palm Beach, Florida in 1965. He lived in Boston until 1919, when he moved to New York and later Palm Beach, and throughout his career he traveled back and forth to Paris.

Kronberg studied at the Art Students League and at Boston's Museum School under Tarbell and Benson, where he earned a Longfellow Traveling Scholarship. He studied at the Academie Julian in Paris (1894-1896) with Benjamin-Constant and Jean Paul Laurens and privately with Collins. In Paris, he became enamored with the works of Edgar Degas and proficiently painted ballet and Spanish dancers within theatre settings. After Bernard Berensen, he frequently went to Paris to buy art for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and from 1921-1922 he painted in Algiers and Spain.

Kronberg was an Associate of the National Academy (1935) and a full Academician. He was a member of the Boston Art Club; the Guild of Boston Artists; Salmagundi Club; Lotos Club; Salon des Beaux-Arts, Paris; Copley Society; American Water Color Club; New York Water Color Club; Rockport Art Association and more. His awards include medals form Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco (1915); Salmagundi Club (1919); International Exposition, Paris (1937); Chevalier Legion of Honor, France (1951).

Kronberg's work is represented in the permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Isabella Steward Gardner Museum, Boston; Butler Art Institute; San Diego Museum of Art; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY: Joslyn Museum; New York Historical Society; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Art Institute of Chicago; Indianapolis Museum of Art and in Parisian museums; Luxembourg Museum; Societe Nationale and the Musee D'Orsay.

Although Kronberg is considered a Tarbellite because he trained with Tarbell and Benson at the MFA, he was highly influenced by the French Impressionists and especially the pastels and oils of ballerinas painted by Edgar Degas. His best work was executed prior to 1915 before he became nearsighted. He was known for his philanthropic efforts and financed A.C. Goodwin’s career for over 15 years.

Reference: Pierce, Edmund C. Tarbell & the Boston School of Painting (1980); Mantle Fielding, Dictionary of American Painters… (1927); Falk, Who Was Who in American Art