- Fritz Kredel
Fritz Kredel (
February 8, 1900- June 12, 1973) was a German graphic designerwho was born in Michelstadt, but later emigrated to America. In his early years, he studied under Rudolf Kochat Offenbach School of Design, and developed skills in woodcuts. After Koch died in 1934, Kredel moved to Frankfurt, but in 1936 he fled Germany (for political reasons relating to his Jewish ancestry) with help from Melbert Cary.
After emigrating to the
United States, he taught at Cooper Unionin New York.
He produced illustrations for over 400 books. Many of his originals are now housed at the library at
A sample of some of the things he illustrated includes:
Eleanor Roosevelt's children's book, "Christmas".
*He was commissioned to create a
woodcutof the Presidential Seal for the inauguration of John F. Kennedy.
*He illustrated several volumes for George Macy's limited edition club.
*He illustrated the "World's Best Fairy Tales", produced by the Reader's Digest in the late 1960's.
*He colored the
John Tennielillustrations for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderlandand Through the Looking Glassfor the 1946 Random Houseeditions of those works.
*He profusely illustrated the six volume set, "The Complete Andersen: All of the Stories of Hans Christian Andersen in Six Volumes" which was a limited edition of 1500 sets. He signed the sixth volume of each numbered set. The illustrations purportedly were hand-colored by stencil.
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