View 1 of Lot 47. Garden Scene with Figures.
View 1 of Lot 47. Garden Scene with Figures.
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Leon Kroll

Garden Scene with Figures

Estimate:

80,000 - 120,000 USD

Property from the Estate of Joan Travis

Leon Kroll

Leon Kroll

Garden Scene with Figures

Garden Scene with Figures

Estimate:

80,000 - 120,000 USD

Lot sold:

100,800

USD

Property from the Estate of Joan Travis

Leon Kroll

1884 - 1974

Garden Scene with Figures


signed Leon Kroll and dated 1919 (lower right)

oil on canvas

46 1/4 by 52 inches

(117.5 by 132.1 cm)

The artist
Private collection, circa 1919-20 (acquired from the above)
By descent to the present owner 
Fredson Bowers and Nancy Hale, eds., Leon Kroll: A Spoken Memoir, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1983, no. 66, illustrated, n.p.
Leon Kroll spent much of the summer of 1919 living near Woodstock, New York with the Travis family, who he had met several years prior when Mrs. Travis' sister married his brother. Garden Scene with Figures was painted during this stay and depicts several members of the Travis family; they acquired the work directly from the artist and it has since descended in the family. According to Kroll, "This Travis family wanted to spend the summer in the East, and they asked me to hire a place for them. So I found a nice place that would suit them...They said they wanted me to pick out a place where I would like to paint, and they would like to live, and they wanted a big villa, big enough for their family...I made them all pose for me as models, including the maid, and when they wanted to play I told them I didn't come there to play, I came to work...The stay with the Travis family was very pleasant for me, because they were very nice people. In fact, they were very good friends of mine. I liked them" (as quoted in Leon Kroll: A Spoken Memoir, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1983, pp. 45, 119).