Marion Campbell Kronfeld Biography

Marion Campbell Kronfeld




Marion Macdonald Campbell Kronfeld (née Marion M. Campbell), painter, printmaker, diarist, and illustrator, was born to Earle D. and Ada Davis Campbell in Cleveland Heights, Ohio on July 12, 1912. Campbell studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and won a scholarship to study abroad. Between 1933 and 1941, she exhibited in the annual exhibition of Works by Cleveland Artists and Craftsmen held at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Campbell married Mississippi native Alfred Kronfeld in New York City on 26 March 1938. Living briefly in New York, she studied printmaking at the National Academy of Design and the New School for Social Research. In the 1940s, the couple lived in Los Angeles and then Pasadena where Alfred Kronfeld opened and operated The Campus Bookstore.

She became an accomplished printmaker, working in woodcut, linocut, lithography and serigraphy. Her imagery ranged from social commentary to abstraction. In 1954 she spent three months in Mexico studying with José Gutierrez learning to paint with synthetic lacquer.

Marion Kronfeld is perhaps best known as a book illustrator, who created illustrations for books for the Plantin Press in Los Angeles. Her most notably books included, Design's Cut for Plantin Press Calendars 1941-1946: With some additional designs, and Early American Inebrietatis, produced in 1964 with eight plates reproducing pages or title pages from early books on drink. 

In 2016, Galerie St. Eienne, New York, included some of her politically motivated work in the exhibition titled You Say You Want a Revolution: American Artists and the Communist Party.

Marion Campbell Kronfeld died in Los Angeles, California on November 23, 2004.