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Karl Knaths _____ - 1971


Posted By: deb (email)
Date: 3/2/2008 at 16:31:56

The Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Wednesday, March 10, 1971, page 20

Artist dies at age 78

Karl Knaths, one of America's most honored artists who had many ties to old Burlington, died Tuesday at the age of 78.

Death came at 4p.m.(CST) at Provincetown, Mass.

Mrs. Knaths who survives is the former Helen Weinrich of Yarmouth and Burlington.

Survivng cousins include Ernest and Henry Starker, Lucile Weinrich, Wallace and Walter Weinrich, Mrs. William Witte, Mrs. Perl Peckham and Mrs. Marie Ewinger, all of Burlington; Arthur Weinrich of Chicago; Mrs. Wilma Dutton, Mt. Pleasant; and Mrs. Roth Vollmer, Winfield.

Knaths was a brother-in-law of the late Agnes Weinrich, formerly of Burlington, who also attained fame as an artist.

Family records indicate that Knaths was born in the 1890's at Portage, Wis.

Knaths taught at Bennington college, Bennington, Vt., and also at Phillips Memorial Gallery, Washington, D.C. A wing of the the museum has been dedicated to his paintings.

In 1950 his painting Basket Bouquet won first prize in the Metropolitan Museum American Painting Today competition in 1950, with the award went a $3,500 cash prize.

Paintings by Knaths hang in many honored galleries including the Paul Rosenberg in New York.

He stated that he had been strongly influenced by Paul Cezanne, the revolutionary turn-of-the-century French painter.

Burlington friends of the artist include the Burton Prughs and the James Schramms.


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