Earl Kerkam (1891-1965), born in Washington D.C., was a Modernist painter known for his still life, figures, and portraits. He studied at the Rand School, the Art Student's League, and the School of Design, before moving to France to continue his studies. His work connected the School of Paris and the New York School. In the late 1940s, he was involved with The Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors. His work was inspired by Paul Cezanne and the Cubists but remained tied totradition with regard to subject matter and form. His paintings were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Art Gallery, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Mellon Galleries.