Materials in this collection relate to the life and art career of Friedolin Edward Kessler. Materials include personal papers,
photographic reproductions of his art, and a few original art pieces.
Artist, Friedolin Kessler (1913-1995) was born in St. Louis, Missouri on July 12, 1913, the only son of Czech and German parents.
At age 16 he entered art school at Washington University in St. Louis. After he graduated he joined the Missouri Civilian
Conservation Corps (CCC) and in 1936 with his camp he was relocated to California. The camp settled in the New Almaden Quicksilver
County Park. As the resident artist of the camp he was hired to document life in the CCC. His forte was linoleum cuts, but
he also worked with oil and acrylic, as well as having talent in wood art and mosaics. In 1938 he took a bicycle trip visiting
every California Mission in the state, which he photographed and sketched, later producing linoleum cuts of each mission.
The resulting prints were exhibited around California and at the World’s Fair in Treasure Island and the Palace of the Legion
of Honor in San Francisco.
(2.42 linear ft.)
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