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Charles Frederick Krantz

 (1881 - 1959)
Charles Frederick Krantz was active/lived in California.  Charles Krantz is known for marine and coastal landscape painting.

Biography   Charles Frederick Krantz


Born in San Francisco, CA on July 21, 1881 of German parents. Charles Krantz was a prolific painter in oil, watercolor, and gouache of landscapes, florals and Bay Area scenes, having lived in Fairfax and Oakland as well as San Francisco.

Tamalais Valley was a favorite painting area, and he painted his oils very thinly on inexpensive cotton canvas with no varnish. He left a portfolio of watercolor and gouache paintings of every variety of orchid he could find.

He showed early art talent, and by age 18 was working as a sign painter. In 1945, after the death of his wife, he occupied a home in Fairfax, with a yard filled with flowers that he painted daily. He was a frail, small man with a high-pitched voice and was quite deaf.&nb

Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
City Directory; Interview with artist or his/her family; Death Record


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