Marion Campbell Kronfeld Biography

Marion Campbell Kronfeld




Marion Macdonald Campbell Kronfeld was born in Cleveland Heights, Cleveland, Ohio on July 12, 1912 to Earle D. Campbell and Ada M. Davis. By 1935 she was married to Mississippi native Alfred Kronfeld and was living in Los Angeles, California. She was a descendant of the American painter John Singer Sargent. She was a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art. In 1938 she won a graduating scholarship to study in Europe, traveling the continent staying in youth hostels.

After returning to New York she studied further at the National Academy and the New School for Social Research, where she studied printmaking, concentrating on lithography. In 1954 she spent 3 months working in Mexico where she studied with José Gutierrez where she learned to work with vinolite and piroxilin, a synthetic lacquer.

Perhaps best known as an illustrator, she illustrated books for the highly respected Plantin Press in Los Angeles - most notably, "Design's Cut for Plantin Press Calendars 1941-1946: With some additional designs", and "Early American Inebrietatis", done in 1964 with eight plates reproducing pages or title pages from early books on drink.  She was an accomplished print maker, working in woodcut, linocut, lithography and serigraphy (screenprint). Her imagery in printmaking ranged from social commentary to abstraction. In 2016-17 Galerie St. Eienne, New York, included some of her politically motivated work in the exhibition titled "You Say You Want a Revolution".

Marion Cambell Kronfeld died in Los Angeles, Califormia, USA on November 23, 2004.