The Conversation (1920). Abraham Leon Kroll (American,1884-1974). Oil on canvas. National Academy Museum.
For Leon Kroll, the human figure provided the foundation for an art form “warm with human understanding; the natural gesture; the touch of people….” He struggled against the rise of abstraction in America, however, both in his own realist art and in his teaching at the National Academy and elsewhere. The Conversation offers an excellent illustration of his fundamental principles.