Composition (SB57), 1927. Paul Kelpe (1902-1985) was a German-born American abstract painter. His constructions integrating found objects into paintings were the first such works created in the US. He painted 2 of the 5 Williamsburg murals, the 1st abstract murals in the US. He was an innovative independent painter and university art professor. He was a pioneer of American abstract art, including his work in Chicago during a period in which abstracts were not well accepted or appreciated.