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Flat Figures Painters Forum => In Memoriam => Topic started by: kevind on April 11, 2014, 07:46:39 AM

Title: A Sad Day - Carl Gruen's Passing
Post by: kevind on April 11, 2014, 07:46:39 AM
It is with deep regret that report the passing of my dear friend and mentor Carl Gruen.
Carl, for all intents and purposes, introduced the flat figure to painters here in the USA.

His passion for his beloved zinnfigur was only surpassed by his knowledge thereof.


Title: Re: A Sad Day
Post by: Nicholas Ball on April 11, 2014, 07:51:50 AM
My condolences go out to you and his all his family.
Title: Re: A Sad Day
Post by: marko on April 11, 2014, 11:14:38 AM
Sad news indeed.

Through Carl I was able to purchase two sets I had been hunting years for, first Wimor's Cassanova A Night in Venice and then Western Miniatures Alice which I had been looking for information on for 11 years.  Those were my first entry into going with flats in a major way and being able to find what I saw elsewhere.

He was always a gentleman to speak to and deal with.  He made a big difference to many folks interested in flats in the United States, myself included.

mark  8)
Title: Re: A Sad Day
Post by: PJDeluhery on April 13, 2014, 02:13:59 PM
It was Carl that got me into flats, and was for years my advisor and friend. He will be truly missed.
Title: Re: A Sad Day
Post by: Larry Lee on April 13, 2014, 09:00:17 PM
He was a very unique man and will be sorely missed. You're correct in that there probably would be no flat painters in the U.S. if it weren't for Carl. I fondly remember teasing Carl when he went to one of the other vendors at MFCA and bought an Africa Corps tee-shirt. He looked at me, puffed out his chest and  said "I vass in the Africa Corp.!" (
Title: Re: A Sad Day
Post by: willie on April 13, 2014, 09:11:49 PM
Sorry to hear about his passing Willie.
Title: Re: A Sad Day
Post by: Brian on April 14, 2014, 06:11:13 AM
It sounds like he was a great influence on figure painting and a all-round good, he will be missed.
Title: Re: A Sad Day
Post by: böckchen on April 15, 2014, 07:18:16 AM
Sad to hear that Carl is no more.
He was the symbolic beacon of flat figures collectors overseas
Title: Re: A Sad Day - Carl Gruen's Passing
Post by: John Alberts on June 01, 2021, 05:12:27 PM
Just yesterday I opened a small box of flats trying to remind myself what was in it and found a post-it note from Carl Gruen with some explanation, anecdote.  I never met the man as only purchased flats by mail but every dealing was fast and pleasant.  Also saw for the first time a picture of a painted bust of German panzer Gefreiter Carl Gruen.  Very interesting to make the connection.  Did he live in the U.S.?  I recall ordering his flats from Germany.