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This is a very fine and beautiful oil on canvas painting by Fritz Kerl (American/German, 1853-1920). A park like setting of German children, circa 1899. Signed lower right and dated. Approximately 40 x 34 inches. Formerly exhibited at the Museum of Wisconsin Art and sold to benefit acquisition funds. Framed in a beautiful gesso frame. Born Ernst Friedrich Kerl, the son of a brewery worker, Fritz Kerl spent his life as a painter, poet and musician. He received his art education at the Düsseldorf Academy from 1875-1887 and studied under Eugene Dücker and Eduard von Gebhard. He immigrated to the United States in 1892 and in 1900 was among the founding members of the Society of Milwaukee Artists, an organization that would later become known as the Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors. Kerl participated in their first exhibition in 1901 with a painting in the German Romantic Style entitled, Der Erlkönig Und Seine Töchter (The King of Elves and His Daughters). A review of his work appeared in the May 19, 1901 issue of the Milwaukee Sentinel newspaper. In 1902, Kerl published a book of his own poetry and illustrations. He maintained a studio on Knapp Street on the East Side of Milwaukee and also worked as a music critic for a German- language newspaper in Milwaukee.