Arnold Kramer

Arnold Kramer (1882–1976) was an American folk artist.

Arnold Kramer was one of 12 children born to Michael and Gertrude Kramer in Mitchell County, Iowa. In 1891, when Arnold was nine years old, the intimates moved to a homestead close Seaforth, Minnesota in Redwood County where they farmed. Arnold was a contemporary of children's author Laura Ingalls Wilder who lived near Walnut Grove in southern Redwood County. Arnold married Rose Boushek on June 2, 1914. They raised their four daughters on a farm north of Seaforth. Their forlorn son Myron, died at the age of 13.

Arnold Kramer was nicknamed Minnesota's Grandpa Moses by the University of Minnesota during the hey-day of his painting career in the 1960s. A self-taught artist, he completed higher than 400 pieces in a style referred to as naïve or primitive. His folk art was reminiscent of paintings finished by Anna Mary Robertson Moses (1860–1961), another self-taught artist, from New England, whose achievement is still extremely popular in the middle of collectors. Like Grandma Moses, Kramer didn't pick up a paint brush until after retirement past he began recording the archives of Midwestern agronomy in primary colors. Arnold began painting and recording records after a visit to look his daughter, Irene. She introduced him to oil paints and canvas to save him perky while she and Rose went shopping. When Arnold returned to Wabasso, Minnesota he began his career creating his own distinctive work.
According to an article in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, published August 1, 1972, Kramer had shows at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Dayton's Art Fair, and was ration of a traveling art comport yourself sponsored by the University of Minnesota. Kramer had furthermore participated in countless rural art shows which produced several scrapbooks full of awards and ribbons. He was as a consequence featured in The Farmer magazine.


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