Mertens-Bürki, Susanna (Stettlen 16-12-1917 – 07-06-2003 Kerikeri New-Zealand)
Drawer and painter. Studied at Bern “Kunstgewerbeschule”, Paris “Académie de la Grande Chaumière” and Budapest Art Academy. Worked in Bern, Zürich, Paris, Stockholm, Oslo, de Bilt (NL) and from 1995 emigrated and lived in Kerikeri New-Zealand where she and her husband ran a centre for arts & crafts, healing and (Buddhist) meditation.
She met and married her husband architect, designer, sculptor and eccentric/idealist Bruno Mertens (1914-2010) in 1942 meeting in Zürich “Technische Hochschule”. He was a pioneer and founder of the first of Buddhist commune (named Tidorp and located near Renesse in Dutch province Zeeland) in 1975 continued from 1995 in New-Zealand.
She is represented in my personal collection with two 1949 small oil paintings of Volendam harbour and waterfront.
Creutz, Sophus (baptised Frederiksberg, Copenhagen 11-08-1872 - ?)
Painter, photographer and printmaker. Son of Paul Christian Creutz (1835-1892) and Sophie Marie Mortensen (1836 - ?)*.
He had a brother Fritz Ludwig Creutz and a sister Pouline Louise Creutz (1867-1948). His grandfather Friedrich Ludwig Creutz (b. 1789 – after 1845 census) married to Pauline Marie Jacobson, retired as a troop captain in Halderslev Denmark and came as a military from Hannover to Denmark with troop captain (“Rittmeister”) Johann Christian von Düring (1792-1862).
* His mother Sophie Marie Mortenson in genealogical internet databases is mentioned to have died in 1868, which seems controversial but is not impossible with Sophus’ date of baptism.
Mainly known from paintings showing the “Norddeutsche Landschaft” titled: "Finkenwärder Fischerboote" (1938), "Sonniger Tag am Brodener Ufer" (1941), "Bildnis Detlev von Liliencrons". Known by less then a handful of colour woodblock prints. He was befriended with poets Richard Dehmel (1863-1920) and Detlev von Liliencron (1844-1909) who’s portrait he painted and his portrait photograph was used for Liliencron’s 1909 posthumously published book “Letzte Ernte”.
A monochrome print found in America and now in this collection thanks to the help of Tom Clemens in Boston and is titled: “Aus einer nordfranzösischen Kleinstadt” (from a North-French Small city) Vervins 1917. It is probable Creutz was stationed in Vervins in WW-I as a soldier.
The medieval city of Vervins was captured August 30 1918, shortly after WW-I started and during the Great War stayed in German hands until it was liberated Nov.11 1918.
Exhibited in the “Hamburger Kunstverein” and in the Hamborg “Kunsthalle”: 1933, 1938, 1839, 1941.
Literature: Der Neue Rump – “Lexikon der bildenden Künstler Hamburgs, Altonas und der näheren Umgebung”, Wachholtz Verlag, Neumünster 2005, p.80.
He is not mentioned in any other artist lexicon or in Dresslers KHB.
* M. Creutz, “Königliche Hofphotopgraph”. Hamburg, Altonaerstrasse 2, Ecke Schulterblatt (1898).
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