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Krantz, Vladimir

Vladimir Krantz - Little Bath House at the Msta RiverVladimir Krantz - In ValaamVladimir Krantz - The Spring DayVladimir Krantz - Farm YardVladimir Krantz - Autumn in OrdezheVladimir Krantz - Summer Stream
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Little Bath House at the Msta River
Vladimir Krantz - Little Bath House at the Msta River

19 3/4" x 26 1/2" oil on board signed 1979 $5,000

In Valaam
Vladimir Krantz - In Valaam

27 1/2" x 20"  oil on board  signed 1965 $6,000

The Spring Day
Vladimir Krantz - The Spring Day

27 1/2" x 20"  oil on board  signed  1966 $6,000

Farm Yard
Vladimir Krantz - Farm Yard

14 3/8″ x 20 1/2″   oil on board   signed   1964   $2,500

Autumn in Ordezhe
Vladimir Krantz - Autumn in Ordezhe

19 1/2" x 27 1/4" oil on board signed 1983 $3,400

Summer Stream
Vladimir Krantz - Summer Stream

9 3/4" x 13 5/8" oil on board  signed  1954  $1,750

A Country Path
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - A Country Path

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Evening
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - Evening

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First Thaw
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - First Thaw

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March Day
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - March Day

SOLD 9 1/4″ x 13 3/4″ oil on board  signed  1960

Winter
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - Winter

SOLD 9 5/8″ x 13 3/8″ oil on board  signed  1954

Boats
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - Boats

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Edge of the Forest
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - Edge of the Forest

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Flowering Willows
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - Flowering Willows

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Ladoga Winter
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - Ladoga Winter

SOLD 14 1/2″ x 19 3/4″   oil on canvas   signed   1964

Latvian Fishing Boats
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - Latvian Fishing Boats

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In the Park Aleksandrichya
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - In the Park Aleksandrichya

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Ice Drift on the Volkhovya
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - Ice Drift on the Volkhovya

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Creek
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - Creek

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Melting Snow
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - Melting Snow

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At Old Ladoga
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - At Old Ladoga

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On the Lake
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - On the Lake

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Grazing Cows
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - Grazing Cows

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In the Yard
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - In the Yard

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Outside Leningrad
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - Outside Leningrad

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Farm in Kuzmolovsche
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - Farm in Kuzmolovsche

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Edge of the Forest
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - Edge of the Forest

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At the Break
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - At the Break

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The May
 Sold Works: Vladimir Krantz - The May

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1913 - 2003

Vladimir Pavlovich Krantz was born in Mozdok, Chechnya in 1913.  His mother was Cossack and his father came from Nobility.  His German ancestors, Von Rosen Krantz, was sent into exile to the Caucasus after the December uprising in Petersburg in 1825.

In his early years, Krantz studied with a local painter A. Turbin.  After finishing the secondary school, he worked as a draftsman and was recommended to the Academy of Fine Arts in Leningrad (Petersburg).  Just before his entrance exam, Krantz showed his sketches to the rector of the Academy, a prominent Soviet artist, Isaak Brodsky and met with his approval.

Unfortunately, typhoid prevented him from entering the Academy that year. He successfully passed the exams to the Architectural  of the Civil Engineering Institute in 1940.  After graduating, he worked as an artist-decorator and painted in oils independently.

After World War II,  he returned to his work in the Painting and Design Group in Leningrad. There he perfected his art at the atelier of S. Nevelstein.  While decorating the pavilion in Kiev he spent two months painting the picturesque bend of the river Dnepre.  The landscapes brought from the trip were exhibited and admired by the professors of the Academy.  Krantz’s landscapes received great attention and respect from the public. One of his most favorite places to paint was the ancient Russian town of Staraya Ladoga in the Petersburg Region.  The pictures painted there brought great success to Krantz during his first one-man show in 1967.  In 1973, he joined the Russian Artists′ Union, thus giving up the work of decorator.

Vladimir Krantz painted the modest beauty of Russian forest and seascapes in Crimea, while working at the Academic Dachas.  There he got acquainted with many colleagues who enriched his paintings.  Among them was a famous Soviet painter, Zagonek, who once presented Krantz his sketch with the inscription:"to the student surpassing the teacher."

The landscape of the Central and Northern Russia especially attracted the artist.  He often visited the museum-estate of the Great Russian poet A. Pushkin near Pskov. Admiring the poet, Krantz presented the museum of series of 44 landscapes in different seasons.

Krantz preferred painting "ala prima", finishing his landscapes in one day. His architectural background helped the artist to build his well balanced compositions according to the principles of "Golden Sections", for example, land should occupy one third of the pictures space and sky two thirds, or vice versa. His idols were Russian artists of the 19th century: F. Vasiliev, I Levitan, and I Shiskin.

Krantz a master of the landscape, went to find the right viewing point. He painted shades by fluid paints, and lit parts by impasto.  He was distinguished for his penetrating attitude to nature, respect in showing details and brilliant rendering of mood. 

Several publications were published on the paintings of Krantz in the 1990s. He is listed on page 168 of Matthew Bown's, A Dictionary of Twentieth Century Russian and Soviet Painters.