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George Kreizler the Psychoanalyst of Landscape


George Kreizler is an extraordinarily interesting artist whose work cannot be completely categorised into one movement. He spans from the striking symbolic paintings that remind us of John Martin’s Romanticism, in which imagination and reality become one in an enthralling mystical vision, to the pure French Impressionism of Pissarro, Rousseau, Morisot and the American Impressionism of Hassam Childe.

Kreizler is fore mostly a landscape painter who chooses technically challenging weather conditions and times of day, such as reflections on wet surfaces, ominously dark skies and rough waters, to create intensely dramatic effects and highlight the awesome power of nature. His vibrant and hatching strokes enliven the painting’s surface and the reduction of the landscape to a spontaneous, intricate web of rapidly applied pure analogous and complementary tones denote a free and un-academic style.

Kreizler’s more detailed and stylistically tamed paintings are works of pure draughtsmanship and talent. Views that recall the great Impressionist master Monet where light and shadow create a feeling of intimacy and personal contact with the painting. Every canvas shows a differing touch and technical prowess, thus  expressing and conveying the most essential, inherent and substantial feature of each scene to create an emotional communicative connection with the viewer. Kreizler analyses his scenes like a psychologist analyses the mind. Freud thought that artists were avant garde psychologists who knew the laws which activate the subconscious. Kreizler is a master in depicting the scenery of that subconscious.