Fritz Kredel

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Fritz Kredel
Born February 8, 1900
Michelstadt-im-Odenwald, Germany
Died April 12, 1973
New York City, NY USA
Occupation Graphic designer
Illustrator

Fritz Kredel (February 8, 1900 – April 12, 1973) was a German artist and graphic designer who was born in Michelstadt-im-Odenwald, Germany. In his early years, he studied under Rudolf Koch at Offenbach School of Art and Design, and developed skills in woodcuts. Koch and Kredel collaborated on A Book of Signs (1923) and The Book of Flowers (1930). Following Koch's death in 1934, Kredel moved to Frankfurt, but, in 1938, fled Germany (for political reasons) with help from Melbert Cary. After emigrating to the United States in 1938, he taught at Cooper Union in New York and continued to work as an artist. He produced illustrations for over 400 books in German and English and received many awards and honors. Many of his originals are now housed at the Art Library at Yale University.

Kredel illustrated Eleanor Roosevelt's children's book, Christmas, and was commissioned to create a woodcut of the Presidential Seal for the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. He illustrated several volumes for George Macy's Limited Edition Club, and World's Best Fairy Tales for Reader's Digest in the late 1960s. Among other titles, Kredel illustrated The Complete Andersen: All of the Stories of Hans Christian Andersen in Six Volumes, a limited edition of 1500 sets for the Limited Editions Club. Kredel colored the John Tenniel illustrations for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass for the 1946 Random House editions.

References[edit]

  • Zipes, Jack (ed.) (2000), The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-9653635-7-0 
  • Kredel Brown, Mathilde and Judith Kredel Brown (editors) (2000), Fritz Kredel, New York: Steinhour Press