Jacob Kramer drawing

5 January 2016

December was a busy month and we were pleased to acquire ‘Sarah’, a ┬ábeautiful pastel and charcoal drawing (circa 1920) by Jacob Kramer.

Jacob Kramer was born in Russia in 1892 into an artistic middle-class Jewish family. He immigrated to Leeds with his family in 1900.

He was awarded a scholarship to Leeds School of Art where he was a student from 1907-1913. During this time he associated with Herbert Read and the progressive Leeds Art Club which introduced Kramer to expressionism and the work of Kandinsky. From 1913 to 1914 Kramer studied at the Slade School of Art where he became friends with David Bomberg, Augustus John and Jacob Epstein. His first exhibition was in Bradford in 1915.

Kramer became a central figure in The Leeds Arts Movement and is considered to be one of the important British painters of his generation. He died in 1962.

In 1960 Leeds City Art Gallery held a retrospective of his work and in 1990 there was a Centenary exhibition at Leeds University Art Gallery. His work is held in The Tate, The Victoria and Albert Museum and The National Portrait Gallery.