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 Lothar Krueger  (1919 - 2009)

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Lived/Active: Arkansas/Wisconsin      Known for: abstract expressionist painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Meegan Wilson, daughter of the artist, who lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Lothar Krueger, a native of Two Rivers, WI, became interested in art in Washington High School where he was "considered one of the greatest all-round football players in that school's history." (quote from newspaper files) He received his B.S. degree in art from Milwaukee State Teachers College in 1942 when he was drafted into the army. After officers training he took part in the World War II Allied invasion of Normandy at Omaha Beach on June 6.

He received two Purple Hearts for his wounds and still carries a piece of shrapnel in his arm. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and a presidential citation for heroism. At the end of the war, he governed a prisoner of war camp until his discharge as a First Lieutenant in 1945.

Krueger received his M.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin where he studied painting techniques under Professor James Watrous. He explored many of these old mediums including encaustic, and egg tempera (yolk) using superfine red sable brush, laying the paint down in minute strokes. He has also worked extensively in water color, lacquer, and acrylic.

He studied print making at the State University of Iowa with noted artist Maurice Lossansky. After teaching four years at Iowa State Teacher's College, he spent two years at Ohio State University pursuing a Doctorate in Art History. He taught Art, Painting, and Art Criticism at the University of Arkansas from 1953 to 1981.

Art Historian, Edgar A. Albin, in his article, "An Expert in Abstract Expressionism" writes that Krueger's early work progresses through the regionalist influence of John Steuart Curry (who was Artist-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin) through the more amorphous quality of watercolorist, John Marin. His style "indicates that he has assimilated his sources and is producing works that are truly his own synthesis." His later Abstract Expressionist paintings show his fine craftsmanship and are
technically proficient. "Indeed it is this integration between form, content, and technique which characterizes lasting art in any age." In this article Krueger is quoted, "I feel the German Expressionist movement lies in my background, as I am of German descent and temperament."

Krueger is married, has four children and four grandchildren.

He exhibited extensively throughout the Midwest including:

9 Delta Mid Western Exhibitions, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; 1
Honorable Mention.

Bertha Shaefer Gallery, N.Y.

The Dallas Regional.

"The Hour of the Jackal", a pen and ink drawing was chosen for the Drawing
U.S.A. National at the St. Paul Arts Center and was one of 75 chosen for
the traveling exhibit. Morris Graves was one of the judges for this
prestigious show.

Purchase Award, 13th Annual Regional Prints and Drawing Exhibit, Arkansas
Arts Center, Little Rock, AR.

2nd Place Award, Arkansas Artist Exhibit 1959, Arkansas Arts Center, Little
Rock, AR.

1st Place Award, Arkansas Artist Exhibit 1960, Arkansas Arts Center, Little
Rock, AR.

1st Place Award, Arkansas Artist Exhibit 1961, Arkansas Arts Center, Little
Rock, AR.

Chosen as one of 16 Distinguished Arkansas Artists 1974.

American Institute of Architects Artists Invitational Exhibits 1969.

1st Place Award, American Institute of Architects Artists Invitational
Exhibits 1970.

37th Annual, Springfield Art Museum.

22nd Annual Eight State Painting & Sculpture Exhibit, Oklahoma Arts Center.

Iris Moore Clarke Achievement Award.

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