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Robert M. Kulicke (American 1924 - 2007)

Robert Kulicke is a twentieth century Renaissance Man, mastering three careers in his eighty-three years: painter, jeweler, and master frame maker. Born in Philadelphia in 1924, he attended the Tyler School of Art and the Philadelphia Museum School after returning from the Pacific Theatre in WWII.

In 1949, he went to Paris to study with the great French Modernist, Fernand Leger, but devastated by Leger’s abrupt manner, Kulicke apprenticed himself to a master Parisian frame maker and learned the craft well. Returning to New York, he opened Kulicke Frames creating superb period reproductions and developing modern frames. Kulicke frames hang in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In 1956, Kulicke was asked to frame the first New York exhibit of the Italian artist, Giorgio Morandi. In Morandi’s work, Kulicke found the intimate quality he had hoped to develop during his time in Paris. Inspired by Morandi, Kulicke began to paint again; his fifty year career is testament to his success.

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