Willi (Wilhelm) Knapp
(1901 - 1972)
Willi (Wilhelm) Knapp was active/lived in Wisconsin / Germany. Willi Knapp is known for watercolor painting, architectural sculpture.
Biography Willi (Wilhelm) Knapp
From Germany, Wilhelm Knapp, known as Willi, became a sculptor,
architectural decorator and painter in realist style. Although
his decorations were commercial appearing, his painting and sculpture
leaned toward classical realism and avoided modernist or abstract
Willi Knapp was born in St. Wendel about five miles from
Saarbrucken. His father was a blacksmith, and Willi, as a young
man, took jobs as a railroad mechanic before immigrating in 1924 at age
23 to America. First he was in Chicago where he took evening
classes at the Art Institute, and four years later, he moved to
Milwaukee where he made money by doing architecture sculpture.
Among his projects was the lobby for the Wisco
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