Old silver-bromide glass plate photograph obviously inspired by Thomas Eakins’ iconic example (right and below) created around 1880. He was an American painter and pioneering photographer. When photography developed it was of great help and use to artists. There are many fine photographers and examples. This original print by an unknown to me photographer was found among the rubble in a flee market.
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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