Naked Woman Reading by Leon Kroll

A realist painter, muralist and art instructor, Kroll sat on the board of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was deeply committed to his work. He painted every morning and sketched into the afternoon. In 1948, Life Magazine called Kroll “the dean of American nude painters.” This promoted Kroll to quip to a reporter, “No, I don’t paint in the nude.”

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