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Postcards ➔ Painting, The Boy And The Dog

A photographic print on paper of a young boy and dog, painted over in oil paints by Grand Rapids photographer Herman Krueger. As per the ledger, the object is described as being "painted from a postcard picture." The paper image has been laid down on canvas and stretched on an un-keyable stretcher.

It is probable that Krueger took the original photograph, enlarged it then from the original negative, and painted the surface with oils, signing it at lower right. The signature reads H....illegible in red pigment.

Herman Krueger was a photgrapher who had various studios in Grand Rapids from 1889 to 1915. He was also known as Herman K.A. Krueger.

The donor, Mrs. Ida Yahnke was the daughter of Herman Krueger. She was listed in the 1940 Federal Census as a negative retoucher (photography).
circa 1885
Painted photograph on paper, wooden stretcher, wooden composition frame.
30" h 22" w
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Gift Of Mrs. Ida Yahnke
Ida Yahnke

Krueger, Herman

James A. Straub
James A. Straub was a Collections department volunteer and Collection Committee Member at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, offering his services as an art historian. Among his many life accomplishments were his family, and serving in the United States Marine Corps, including a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam. His list of achievements include 27 years as Detective Lieutenant from the Kent County Sheriff's Department, Original Catalogue Director of the Mathias Alten Catalogue Raisonne, and providing significant contributions to the book, Mathias Alten: Journey of an American Painter.

Jim was honored to have been appointed by Gov. Milliken to the Board of Forensic Polygraph Examiners and by the GR mayor to the GR Historical Commission. Additionally, Jim served as President of the Command Officers Bargaining Unit at the Kent County Sheriff's Department and Vice President of the GR Historical Society. Along with his dedicated service to GRPM Jim was also a member of the Board of Kent County Employees Credit Union, the Kent County Pension Board, the Art Advisory Committee for Butterworth Hospital, the Acquisitions Committee at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the GVSU Gordon Gallery Advisory Committee.

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