Theme/Style – Ashcan School, Modernism, Judaic art
Media – Oils, sculptures, drawings, graphic design
Artistic Focus – Peter Krasnow shared the Ashcan School’s interest in depicting life realistically and unsentimentally. Also influenced by the French Modernists, Krasnow’s New York works sought to capture the city without fanciful adornment. The two-dimensional perspective of his New York period continued to evolve, as did his preference for spaces filled with a “kaleidoscopic whirlwind of abstract shapes.” His use of color evolved, as well, influenced by the bright desert landscape of the Los Angeles area to which he later relocated, and the sense of openness he felt in the land.
Career Highlights –
• Born in the Ukraine, Peter Krasnow moved to America,
first settling in Chicago, where he attended the Chicago Art Institute,
graduating in 1915.
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