Karl Priebe

Year inducted: 2010

Winner of the Prix de Rome in 1941 at the age of 27, Karl Priebe was featured in Life magazine as a leading member in the so-called fantasy school of painting (Surrealism). Called a “fantasist,” he preferred to describe his work as “tempered realism . . . realism filtered through the imagination.” Trained at the Layton School of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, he later worked at the Layton School as well as the Milwaukee Public Museum. His work predominantly features three subjects: the surrealist works, birds, and African-Americans such as Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey and Dizzy Gillespie.

Works by Karl Priebe