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 Ingfried Paul Henze Morro  (1925 - 1972)

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Lived/Active: Germany/Italy      Known for: realist landscape, mountains, still life and figure painting

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Biography from Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc.:
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Ingfried Paul Henze (German, 1925-) AKA ‘Henze-Morro’ or ‘P. Morro’ etc., is a well known listed artist born June 3, 1925 in Leipzig, Germany. There has been a lot of confusion regarding this artist over the last 50+ years and the various pseudonyms that he used, with many people believing there are about 3-4 different artists or more involved, but they are all the same artist. Many online sources state that he died in 1972 in Munich, Germany, which is incorrect for the artist as he is still alive and well at the age of 87 and currently resides on Lake Garda, Italy as of 2013, though he rarely paints anymore.

Alias variations on his name are numerous and include; Ingfried Henze, Ingfried Morro, Ingfried Henze-Morro, Ingfried Paul Morro-Henze, Ingfried Morro Henze, Paul Morro, P. Morro, Henze-Morro, Morro-Henze, Morró and Henze-Morró, as well as Peter Morro, Peter Heinze Morro and Henze Moro.

His signatures also vary greatly from painting to painting, from his real name to his various pen names, and can also differ in style with many apparent inconsistencies—Henze does not have ‘one specific’ signature, which has led to the longtime confusion over this artist and only added to the mystery surrounding his artwork. Most of his older landscapes show the signature of his real name of Henze, while his floral still lifes often show the pen name of P. Morró, P. Morro or Henze Morro, and his portrait works often show the pen name of P. Morro or Paul Morro, and his newer works show the name of Henze Morro or Henze Morró. His style was often referred to as the new German Impressionism and many of his older landscapes feature the Black Forest region of Bavaria, while other paintings include European park scenes, Venetian scenes, cityscapes, seascapes & lake scenes, mountainscapes, floral still lifes, portrait works and nudes. In more recent years, his art has been defined and referred to as Post-Impressionism.

Henze initially studied at the Leipziger Kunstakademie (Leipzig Art Academy) and also at the Leipziger Kunstgewerbeschule (Leipzig School of Applied Arts) under Prof. and Director Erich Gruner (German, 1881-1966), Karl Miersch (German, 1894-1964) and with R. Lange before the start of WWII. In the late 1930’s while still a student, Henze discovered his love for jazz music and became a member of the infamous nationally known jazzclub called the Hot Club of Leipzig (HCL for short). At that time, the informal activities of the HCL were considered illegal under the Nazi regime, but many jazz greats later emerged from the HCL jazzclub. In the early 1940’s, Henze joined the German Wehrmacht and served in WWII as a pilot in the Luftwaffe (Air Force). He was later captured by the Americans and imprisoned at Bad Reichenhall in Upper Bavaria until 1945 when he was subsequently released. After the War from 1945-50, Henze continued his studies at the Kunstakademie München (Art Academy of Munich) under Prof. Adolf Schinnerer (German, 1876-1949) and Prof. Hans Gött (German, 1883-1974), and he soon become Gött’s protégé. After his studies, he worked for an art dealer for a short time and also traveled and painted extensively throughout Europe. He soon settled in Tangier, Morocco for a brief time, and later resided in Paris where he maintained a studio. He eventually settled in Northern Italy in the Veronese territory of Caprino on Lake Garda, where he currently maintains his home and art studio to this day.

Since the 1950’s, Henze has had many successful exhibits in Munich, Dusseldorf, Vienna, London, Stockholm, Paris, and Verona. He also exhibited internationally throughout the United States in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Detroit, and in various other countries to include Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Havana, Cuba. Henze’s most recent online exhibit was in 2010 to coincide with his 85th birthday and was held at Galerie-Wehr (Pulheim/Cologne), Germany, where they not only represent his work, but that of his son Christian Henze (Italian-German, 1975-) who is also a well known artist and painter, born August 11, 1975 in Caprino on Lake Garda, Italy. In addition to his formal art training, Christian also studied art with his father and they often took various painting study trips in the Mediterranean regions of their native Italy, and throughout Spain, Greece, Tunisia and the United States. In more recent years, he has often exhibited with his famous father at Galerie-Wehr (Pulheim/Cologne), Germany, who represents their artwork respectively. Ingfried Henze’s artwork can be found in many national and international collections around the world.

(Written, translated & compiled by Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., meibohmfinearts.com, 03/2013, from sources: Our internal records; With permission from AskArt.com, prior biographical information from the Simic Galleries; galerie-wehr.de, biographical information from Carlo Segala, art critic of the Verona "Il Gazzettino"; Wikipedia.com; de.pluspedia.org; artbrokerage.com, biographical information; germaniainternational.com, biographical information from back of painting; kunst-antikboerse.com, biographical information; eart.de, biographical information; galerie-munk.de, biographical information “Biografie des Kunstmalers: Ingfried Henze – gennant Morrò”; Different Drummers: Jazz in the Culture of Nazi Germany, by Michael H, Kater, 2003; de.wikipedia.org, “Hot Club of Leipzig”.)  


Biography from Simic Galleries:
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Ingfried Henze, called Morro, was born in 1925 in Leipzig and now resides in Italy.  Before the advent of World War II, he studied painting at Leipzig’s Fine Arts Academy.  Following the war, he continued his education by studying under Professors Schinnerer and Gott of the Fine Arts Academy of Munich, Germany.

Possessing a truly Gypsy soul, Morro began to travel extensively upon finishing his studies.  After a long sojourn in Tangier, he returned to Europe and exhibited his works in Paris, Stockholm, London, and in several German cities.  He has also shown his works in Havana, Cuba, as well as throughout the United States: Philadelphia, Detroit, New York and Los Angeles.

Morro paints floral compositions with delicate brush work and subdued, pastel palette intended to be soothing to the eye, romantic and ethereal. 


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