St. Albans Parlor

Irving Kriesberg

Irving Kriesberg (1919- ) studied painting at The Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago from 1938-1941, and later in Mexico from 1942-1946. Kriesberg began his interest in art as a cartoonist in high school in Chicago. In the 1930's he spent many days visiting the Art Institute of Chicago to sketch the work of the great masters Titian & Rembrandt. In the late 1930's he came under the influence of modern art via School of Paris exhibitions prominently exhibited in the museums in Chicago. Later Kriesberg became known as a peripheral figure of the New York School in the 1950's, but has primarily become known as an influential Figurative Expressionist painter since the early 1950's. His work is closer in style and content to that of painters such as George McNeil, Robert Beauchamp, and Lester Johnson than the abstract expressionists. Additionally Kriesberg is an avowed colorist and since the 1950's has taken his palette from School of Paris; deep blues, cadmium reds, vibrant oranges, yellows and greens. That is to say Matisse & Picasso, and perhaps DuBuffett.

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