The Art of Paul S. Kramer
by Julie L'Enfant
Dimensions: 12" x 9", 172 pages, 180 color images, notes, timeline, bibliography, index
Minnesota captured on canvas with side trips to Spain, Scotland,
and the American Southwest!
Paul S. Kramer was an unparalleled modernist painter of the Minnesota scene during the second half of the twentieth century.
PAUL STANLEY KRAMER (1919-2012) was a deep-dyed realist at a time when many American artists had joined a radical avant-garde that sought, with Abstract Expressionism, Pop, minimalism, and conceptualism, to reject or subvert traditional art. His realist style grew out of his academic training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Divining his own version of modernism, he created his own dream-like world. His unpretentious paintings of everyday life are forthright and honest, brilliantly executed, and often wryly humorous.
Author Julie L’Enfant draws on a wide range of scholarship to place Paul Kramer in the context of state, national, and international art movements. Lavishly illustrated with images from both public and private collections, most never before published, OTHER REALITIES establishes the breadth and depth of this important artist’s life’s work.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Julie L’Enfant has written articles and reviews on a variety of writers and artists. Her study of a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite circle, William Rossetti’s Art Criticism: The Search for Truth in Victorian Art, was published in 1999. In 2002 Afton Historical Society Press published The Gag Family: German-Bohemian Artists in America. She is associate professor of art history and Chair of Liberal Arts at the College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota.
PAUL KRAMER’S OBITUARY: