Felix Hatz (1904-1999)
Etching (edition 17/25)
15 x 19 ins / 38 x 49 cms
Signed 'Hatz 1966'
Inscribed 'Gryning (Aube) Suite Normandie le 6 Juni 1944'
Felix Walter Hatz was born on 6th October 1904 in Vienna, he died on 30th March 1999 in Stockholm. He was a Swedish painter and graphic artist.
Hatz's childhood was spent in Skåne, Sweden. He studied at the Academy of Arts in Stockholm between 1928 and 1933, and under Axel Jorgensen (1883-1957) at Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen (1934). Felix Hatz early paintings - expressive landscapes, still lifes and cityscapes, were heavily influenced by Edvard Munch.
In the summer of 1944, Hatz moved to Söndrum, a small stonemason and fishing society, just north of Halmstad in southern Sweden. It was here that Hatz painted many of his most important works - made close friends with the (Halmstad Group) artists Sven X: et Erixson and Knut Mine. It was during this period (1940s and 50s) that the Söndrumskolonin (Söndrum colony), with which Hatz is also associated, emerged. Other members include the artists Erik Olson, Carl-Fredrik Reuterswärd, William Bjerke Petersen and poets Elsa Grave and Erik Lindegren. During the 1950s, Hatz's works became increasingly abstract.
Hatz is represented at the National Museum in Stockholm, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Malmö Museum, Ystad and Gävle Museum, Gothenburg Art Museum and the National Gallery in Oslo.