(1912- 2004) was an American artist based in Los Angeles, CA. She worked primarily with
printmaking and lithography techniques, and was an avid diarist. Her sketchbooks include
landscapes, portraits, and rough sketches in pen and ink, pencil, pastels, colored pencils,
and watercolors. Many of the sketchbooks also have handwritten musings, shopping lists,
names and contact information, and other notes in them. Marion's diaries document her life,
marriage, travels, philosophical and political reflections, and artistic process.
Marion McDonald Campbell Kronfeld was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 12, 1912. After
studying at the Cleveland Institute of Art, she married Alfred Kronfeld (1915- 1996) in
1935, and they toured Europe together after Marion won a scholarship to study abroad. Marion
also studied printmaking, particularly lithography, at the National Academy and the New
School for Social Research, both in New York. After her studies in New York, she and Alfred
moved to Pasadena, where he became the longtime owner of The Campus Bookstore. In 1954,
Marion traveled to Mexico to study printmaking and materials such as lacquers with José
Gutierrez. Her published illustrations were primarily for works from the Plantin Press in
Los Angeles - most notably "Designs Cut for Plantin Press Calendars 1941-1946: With Some
Additional Designs" and "Early American Inebrietatis" in 1964. She was also accomplished
with various forms of printmaking, including woodcut, linocut, and lithography. Some of
Marion's more political work was included in an exhibit titled "You Say You Want a
Revolution" at Galerie St. Etienne, New York, in 2016-17. Her diaries in this collection
document her daily life, particularly her dreams and philosophical interests, as well as
musings on and anxieties around her artwork. Marion died in Los Angeles in 2004.
17 notebooks and sketchbooks of varying sizes, 1 baby book, and 1 small booklet
bound with staples.
This collection is open for research.