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Carl Heinrich Victor Kress

 (1864 - 1919)
Carl Heinrich Victor Kress was active/lived in California / Germany.  Carl Heinrich Kress is known for painting.

Biography   Carl Heinrich Victor Kress

Born near Bayreuth, Bavaria on March 22, 1864.  Kress came to the U.S. in the 1880s to avoid the military draft.  For a few years he lived and painted in Pittsburgh, PA before establishing a billboard company in Kansas City.  In 1905 he settled in San Francisco into a studio at 2166 Market Street.  Shortly after the disaster of 1906 he became the president of the Sign, Scene & Pictorial Painters Union.  With his son, Fred, he painted scenery in the local theatres, restaurants, etc.  He painted a few small landscapes in his leisure.  Kress died in San Francisco on July 5, 1919.

Source: Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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