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Arthur Kraft

1922 – 1977

To Helen Kingsbury

Arthur Kraft (1922-1977) was born in Kansas City, Missouri and is quoted as having said, “I just want to be left alone to create.” True to his word, he ignored day-to-day matters in favor of using strong forms and colors to convey his view of the world. Kraft began his formal art training at the Nelson Gallery of Art and sold his first work at the Plaza Art Fair when he was just thirteen. He attended the Kansas City Art Institute before entering the School of Fine Arts at Yale University. After serving in WW-II, he returned to Yale to finish his degree. Kraft won the Audubon Artist National Painting Award in 1946 and had a one-man show of his paintings in New York in 1948. Highly regarded in the artistic community, his art was shown in London, Paris, Rome and installed in several locations across the United States. Kraft is perhaps best known for his bronze sculptures in the Country Club Plaza entitled, “The Court of the Penguins.” Kraft spent most of his life in Kansas City and continued creating art, even through a long battle with cancer. His final legacy was a mural for the waiting room of the Veterans Hospital in Topeka, completed just before he died. Shown is a pen and ink sketch on paper of a woman in a gothic chacoimia and inscribed in cursive in the middle bottom, “To Helen Kingsbury,” and signed in cursive, “A Kraft.” Ca 1960. 16” x 10”

Artist:  Arthur Kraft

Date: Ca 1960

Size:  16″ x 10″

Medium:  Pen & Ink Drawing

Price:  $795