artist: Felix Hatz (Austrian/Swedish 1904-1999)
medium: oil on greaseproof paper on board
dimensions: 46 x 38 cm artwork size / 56 x 47 cm frame size
dated 1947 verso
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Felix Walter Hatz was a painter and print maker, born October 6, 1904 in Vienna, Austria.
Felix Hatz emigrated to Sweden as a child and grew up in Skåne. He studied at the Konstakademien (Academy of Fine Arts) in Stockholm from 1928 to 1933, and then in Denmark under Aksel Jørgensen at the Kunstakademiet (Academy of Fine Arts) in Copenhagen in 1934. He also took several trips abroad during this period.
Hatz's early paintings were influenced by Edvard Munch and included expressive landscapes, floral still life works and urban scenes. From the summer of 1944, he worked in Söndrum, just north of Halmstad, in Stenhuggeriet, where he painted many of his most significant works during the summer. There he also became close friends with artists within the Halmstad group including Sven X: et Erixson and Knut Gruva.
From the 1950s, his works became increasingly abstract, with pure colour and form planes. A high level of colour sensitivity characterises both his paintings and prints. Some of his works have clear influence of Monet, Paul Cézanne, and Van Gogh.
Hatz is well represented in public collections in Scandinavia including works held at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Malmö Museum, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Ystads Konstmuseum and Gävle Museum, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Norrköpings Konstmuseum and the Nasjonalgalleriet in Oslo.
Hatz passed away at the age of 94 on March 30, 1999 in Stockholm.