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Doris Barsky Kreindler

Doris Barsky Kreindler’s use of palette knives to scrape and carve thick paint on her canvasses gave her paintings a sculptural quality and physical presence not usually associated with women’s art. Kreindler studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League in New York before marrying an attorney in 1920 and raising a family. She had her first solo show at the Brooklyn Museum in 1935 but took fourteen years to get another show in the New York area. Undiscouraged, she used the time to travel extensively, an experience which would later fuel her abstract impressionist landscapes. Her bold, lively brushstrokes earned high praise in art journals, and she also experimented with watercolor, engraving, lithography, etching, and casein (thick paint made from whey mixed with pigment). Her 1964 painting Skyscraper hangs in the National Museum of American Art, and other pieces of hers are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, among many others.

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Date of Birth
August 12, 1901
Place of Birth
Passaic, New Jersey
Date of Death
May 1974

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Doris Barsky Kreindler." (Viewed on November 20, 2018) <>.


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