Monthly Archives: March 2012

Arthur Kraft Watercolor “Rock From The Garden of the Gods”

Title: “Rock From The Garden of the Gods”
Date: Unknown
Watercolor on paper
Dimensions: 13 1/4″ x 18 1/2″


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Arthur Kraft 1979 Country Club Plaza “Court of the Penguins” Fountain

One of Arthur Kraft’s best known works in the Kansas City area is the “Court of the Penguins” Fountain at 525 Nichols Road on the Country Club Plaza.

The bronze penguin sculptures were cast posthumously in 1979 and dedicated on October 10, 1979.

The sculpture includes two free-standing pedestal fountains each approximately five feet tall on either side of the penguin grouping. There are three bronze penguins each approximately five feet tall, in varying positions of outstretched wings, on the east, west and south of a Spanish ‘clover-leaf’ area of paved brick.

The basins of each fountain are quatrefoil in shape and constructed of red stone. Each fountain has two basins, an upper and lower, which flow into one another. Three griffins, placed back-to-back, support the lower, larger basin. Figures of dolphins are featured between the griffins.

This sculpture is very similar to Arthur Kraft’s other penguin sculpture that he originally created in 1960 for the Glendale Shopping Center in Indianapolis, Indiana and is still on display at the Glendale Town Center Library entrance.

Arthur Kraft's Wynkin, Blynkin and Nod sculpture in Indianapolis, Indiana


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Arthur Kraft Oil Painting “The Two Randalls”

Title: “The Two Randalls”
Date: Unknown
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 40″ x 30″

The Randall family commissioned Arthur Kraft to do various works, but for some reason, this one was never delivered.

The painting was then purchased directly from Arthur Kraft by the Katz family
(Katz Drug Stores) and remained in their private collection for years.

It has since been a part of exhibitions at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum and other retrospectives on Arthur Kraft. The painting is currently in a private collection in the Kansas City area.

Original gallery card for “The Two Randalls”


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