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Lauritz Hartz

At the age of 19 Lauritz Hartz (1903-87) met the German landscape painter Fritz Urschbach, who had taken lodgings with Hartz’s parents in Roskilde for the summer. Lauritz Hartz, who had not previously been interested in art, became fascinated by drawing.
In 1925 Lauritz Hartz was admitted to Kunstakademiet (the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts) in Copenhagen, where he was trained by the masters Sigurd Wandel and Aksel Jørgensen. The same year he made his début at the Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling. In parallel with his training at the Academy of Fine Arts, Lauritz Hartz in 1928 finished his apprenticeship as a house painter. 
Already while attending the Academy of Fine Arts Lauritz Hartz was regarded as a very talented artist. He quickly became a well-known and popular name among his fellow artists. Around 1935 a disease had unfortunately developed so severely that he had to stay in hospital still more frequently. From 1942 he was permanently hospitalised. This did not cause Lauritz Hartz to stop painting, though, and up to 1964 he regularly exhibited at the Corner exhibition, a Danish artists’ association of which he had been a founder member in 1932.
Lauritz Hartz only painted portraits, landscapes and still-life arrangements. In his early years the paintings were veritably built up of thick layers of paint. Later the human form disappears from his painting, and the paintings become still more sketch-like and painted with thin, turpentine mixed colour. In 1964 Lauritz Hartz gives up painting entirely, and from then on he only works with drawing and watercolour.
Lauritz Hartz’s completed his paintings at a stretch – and he subsequently never resumed work on a painting. His works are unsophisticated, almost calligraphic, and he immediately captivated the essence of the motif. The composition and colour scheme of the paintings are simple and testify to Lauritz Hartz’s constant striving towards artistic unity. His colour palette is limited and often kept in green tones. He is considered one of the finest colourists of Danish painting.
Lauritz Hartz senses the world through his painting, and his style does not change significantly throughout his long career. The straightforwardness and intensity characteristic of his early paintings are seen in his last paintings, too.
Holstebro Kunstmuseum holds the country’s largest collection of Lauritz Hartz’s paintings. The museum also houses in the neighbourhood of 3,000 pieces of Lauritz Hartz’s works on paper.