The sheet is overall in good condition, showing signs of discoloration to the paper and a small blemish to the lower left margin. The upper and the lower margins are slightly damaged due to a former mounting.
Karl Kröner (1887-1972)
Kröner first graduated as a textile pattern designer in Chemnitz and then studied from 1904 to 1908 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. Until 1910 he worked as a freelanced draftsman; then he studied at the Dresden Art Academy under Eugen Bracht and Gotthardt Kuehl from 1910 to 1914. In 1914 he settled in the tower house of the Grundhof in Radebeul along with Paul Wilhelm and Wilhelm Claus, and remained there until the end of his life.
During the Third Reich, Kröner belonged to circle of the seven, including Paul Wilhelm, Otto Griebel and Josef Hegenbarth, who met on hikes for spiritual exchanges. Kröner also made extensive study trips, including to the Baltic Sea, the Netherlands and Italy. The artist is buried at the artists’ cemetery in Dresden-Loschwitz; in 1998 a street in Radebeul was named after him. (cko)