3 September 2001 by Andries Loots

Born  1899 in Vienna, Austria
Died 1980 Cape Town,  South Africa.

Krenz was a painter of people,  Still life and landscapes. He worked in various mediums and also produced some graphic works. 

Between 1915-16 he studied art at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Vienna and between 1918-19 at the Academy of Fine Arts,  Vienna. In 1929-1931 he furthered his studies at the Amédée Ozenfant's Academy in Paris.

After arriving in South Africa he briefly taught in Stellenboch and in 1952 he opened the Krenz Art School in Rondebosch. He was a member of the 1952 New Group with fellow artists Gregoire Boonzaier,  Joyce Ord-Brown,  Maurice Hughes,  René Graetz, Terence McCaw,  Jeanette Pope-Ellis,  Lippy Lipshitz,  Florence Zerffi,  Frieda Lock,  Walter Battiss,  Alexis Preller, Ruth Prowse,  Charles Peers and others. He toured, worked and exhibited in various countries like Italy,  France,  Austria,  the Netherlands,  Haiti,  Israel and Spain to name but a few.

Still Life with Pumpkin,
oil on canvas, South Africa, 1952
Private Collection
Alfred Krenz has participated in numerous group exhibitions from 1928 all over the world.
He received the following awards :
1926 - The Vienna Prix de Rome
1958 - The title Professor ( Honoris cause ) by the Austrian Government
1967 - Medal of Honour for painting, South African Akademie vir Wetenskap en kuns.
His work is represented in various private and museum collections in South Africa and abroad:
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Pretoria Art Museum
South African National Gallery
Albertina Gallery,  Vienna,  Austria
Salzburg art Gallery,  Austria
University of South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand
University of Stellenboch
William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley
Ann Bryant Gallery, East London
Hester Rupert Art Museum,  Graaf-Reinet
King George VI Art Gallery,  Port Elizabeth
National Gallery,  Budapest,  Hungary
Palais des Beaux Arts,  Brussels,  Belgium
William Annandale Art Gallery,  Lichtenburg

Alternative reading, more information as well as details on a recently published art book on this artist:
[ The Colourful Palette of Alfred Krenz ]

The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors,  Grania Ogilvie,  Published by Everard Read,   ISBN. 0 620 12663 9

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