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Artist: George Kesslere (1894 - 1979) American  Titled: Waiting & Contemplating  Measures: 36x28 inches  Signed : lower left and dated 1915 Farhat Art Museum Collection.

Artist: George Kesslere (1894 – 1979) American
Titled: Waiting & Contemplating
Measures: 36×28 inches
Signed : lower left and dated 1915
Farhat Art Museum Collection.

Kesslere was a graduate of Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, and one of the last students of William Merritt Chase. After graduation, he opened a portrait studio in Syracuse, practicing photography as well as painting, including the collaboration on several mural projects. Asked to become an art editor for the periodical The Debutante, he moved to New York in 1921, closing the Syracuse studio in 1922. By the time The Debutante folded, his reputation as a talented photographer had been established, winning him a large clientele in the city.
In 1923, Kesslere created a series of paintings and pastels, depicting draped nude girls, running in the open air. These works led to his theatrical photography, and he became one of the best bust format photographers of the late 1920s and 1930s. For his portraiture he was awarded recognition by the British Royal Academy of Photography, and on March 26, 1935, Kesslere exhibited 500 of his photographs, paintings, drawings, and etchings in the Patricia Lounge of Loew’s Ziegfeld Theater.

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