|Title:||Albert Kramer - Wooden Frames|
|Date/Era/Period:||? I think the 1950s|
|Description:||2 Albert Kramer original paintings with brown wood frames and burlap matting.|
|Condition:||Paintings appear to be a VG condition, frames are a bit worn and show some staining.|
|Origin:||These were left to me in my parents estate.|
|Appraised By:||Sara Kinch|
|History Of The Item:||Appraised Item: Title: "The Little Train" and untitled winter scene with church. Date: Mid 20th Century - circa 1950 Artist: "Albert J. Kramer" (XX) Signature: "Kramer" lower right-hand corner Medium: Oil paintings on canvas or masonite (framed within wooden frames) Dimensions: 15 inches in heighth by 20 inches in width (Approximate Dimensions) Provenance: Family inheritance|
|Appraiser Tips:||To keep the oil paintings in their present good condition do not display artworks in bright sunlight or artificial light. Do not hang the artworks in the vicinity of fireplaces, heaters or baseboard heat nor near any heat-producing appliances. These conditions will hasten the deterioration of your artwork. They may cause fading, flaking or cracking of the oil paint. Dust frequently with a soft cloth, both the front and back of the artwork to keep dirt from accumulating on the picture. Do not use a feather duster when you do dust the picture, as the quills on a feather duster are sharp and can cut into the surface of the image.|
|Research Sources:||On Line Research California Primitives of Albert Kramer - 1991 Santa Monica|
|Appraiser Comments:||Thank you for the additional information. The artworks that you have submitted for inquiry appear to be two individual original oil paintings created by the listed artist Albert J. Kramer (XX) United States. There is very little biographical information regarding this artist other than that he was active during the mid 20th Century and is noted as a figure and genre scene painter who rendered his artworks in a primitive or naive style of painting. Kramer was active with regard to his artistic career first in New York and later in California where he maintained his studio and Kramer Art Gallery. The label attached to the reverse of one painting is a reference to the Kramer Gallery and the artworks that you possess may have been originally purchased from Kramer's Art Gallery. The information that is printed on the reverse of the other painting is a reference to Associated American Artists which was an active business as early as the 1930s and at first sold high-priced and most-often original artworks to art dealers and clientele. Artists who produced works for AAA included Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood. The artworks were sold to department stores and also by mail-order as ads placed in magazines such as Time magazine and Reader's Digest, Associated American Artists had galleries in New York, Chicago and Beverly Hills, California. The two paintings are signed by the artist at the lower right-hand corner with a signature that reads "Kramer". The values stated within this appraisal are for the two individual original paintings created and signed by the artist Albert J. Kramer. There is a possibility that the artworks that you possess may be printed reproductions of the original artworks by Kramer. The values states within this appraisal are for the two individual paintings as one set. Thank you for your inquiry. Sara Kinch|
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