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Peter Krasnow
(1886-1979)


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"Abstract"
Oil on board
18 x 12 inches










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Peter Krasnow was born in a small village in the Ukraine, Russia on August 20, 1886. The son of an interior decorator, Krasnow learned to grind and blend colors as an apprentice to his father. After moving to the U.S. at age 17, he was active in Boston, New York, and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago where he met his wife-to-be, Rose.

The couple settled in Los Angeles in 1922. He remained in Los Angeles except for a four year (1930-1934) sojourn in southern France. While there, he maintained a studio in the village of Cazillac in the rural Dordogne Valley. Returning to California, he lived in Los Angeles until his death on October 30, 1979.

His work includes English walnut "tree sculptures." Most of his oil paintings consisted of Jewish genre scenes, mother-child themes, landscapes, and French village life. After 1940 his painting adapted to the modernist movement, and his work became abstract and fragmented.

Member: California Art Club.

Exhibitions: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1922, 1927; Temple Emanuel, San Francisco, 1927; Oakland Art Gallery, 1928; Scripps College, Claremont, 1929, 1964; Stendahl Art Galleries, 1930, 1940; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1931; Galerie Pierre, Paris, 1934; University of California Los Angeles, 1935, 1940; California Pacific International Exposition, San Diego, 1935; San Diego Fine Art Gallery, 1939; Pasadena Art Institute, 1954; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 1975; San Francisco Museum of Art, 1976.

Works Held: Oakland Museum; Pasadena Art Museum; Student Union, USC (terra cotta grill); San Francisco Museum of Art; Temple Emanuel, San Francisco (altar).

Source:
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.