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101 Kunstnere

News, 21.08.2019

Liza Krügermeier is included in the book 101 Kunstnere / 101 Artists 2019 with the following write-up by Tom Jørgensen, Art Critic at the Danish newspaper Jyllandsposten and Editor at the Art Magazine Kunstavisen:

The visual world of Liza Krügermeier has its roots in a fusion of different art-historical directions, as well as impressions from traveling and living in different countries.

She shares the distinctly separated, coloured surfaces and the interest in ornamental patterns with the post-impressionists such as Gauguin, van Gogh, Emile Bernard and George Seurat. Liza Krügermeier might also have been inspired by the British Bloomsbury group: a group of writers, philosophers, scientists and visual artists, including Vanessa Bell (Virginia Woolf’s sister) whose paintings, especially the vase interior images, may have inspired Liza Krügermeier. ‘Life in Shoreham by Sea’ is also a successful combination of French aesthetics and English landscape art seen through a personal temperament.

The highly luminous colours Liza Krügermeier might have been absorbed during a five-year stay on the Greek island of Leros. Certainly, you will find the clear and jeweled colours of the Mediterranean region in many of her paintings. The current surroundings of Møn also find their way into her pictures. In ‘All the vases in the Cupboard’ one can see an inspiration from Anna Ancher, who also liked to paint rooms with the sunlight flowing in through the window and with the shadows flickering on the floor and wall. The flower arrangements with their clear colour surfaces, secure composition and great decorative qualities also show a spiritual relationship with Denmark’s supreme best flower painters of all time: Anna Syberg.

What none of the above-mentioned artists had on their repertoire and that is solely due to Liza Krügermeier herself, is the story-telling and humorous element. We find it in ‘Potential Princes of the Past’, where the frogs refer to a life that could have been if the artist had been a little more kissable. We see it in ‘Drinking Tea with Bill’, where the realistic kitchen table atmosphere is complemented by Alice in Wonderland hares and the four-legged Bill from Lewis Carroll’s famous children’s book from 1865. We also sense it in ‘All the vases in the Cupboard’, where the shadows might have a decorative value, but at the same time almost feels like living crawling creatures that could have been taken out of a H.C. Andersen fairy tale.

All in all, Liza Krügermeier’s visual world shows us a skilled and independent working artist with a precision and nerve in her expression, combined with humor, humanity and warmth.

By Tom Jørgensen, art critic at Jyllands Posten, editor at Kunstavisen