The American artist Leon Kroll (1884-1974) was a painter of landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and murals. When he was in his teens he enrolled at the Art Students League of New York, earning his tuition by washing paintbrushes and sweeping floors. He went on to study at the National Academy of Design and the Académie Julian on a National Academy–funded scholarship. After his first solo exhibition in New York, he attracted the attention of other American painters such as George Bellows and Edward Hopper and was invited to participate in group exhibitions such as the Armory Show of 1913. He painted 15 murals for university and government buildings, such as the Johns Hopkins University’s Shriver Hall and the US Department of Justice Building, and taught at the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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