“Magaliesberg” (“Rote Felsen”) – 1937/1939 – watercolour -29x39cm – cat. A28

(illustrated in "Lantern", Pretoria Vol. 36/3 - August, 1987, p. 44)






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„Bericht über die Ausstellung "Der Maler Hanns Ludwig Katz" im Jüdischen Museum in Frankfurt am Main im Magazin "Zeit" – from the archives on



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Hans Ludwig Katz - Eschersheim – Am Kirchberg 27  - pp 27/28 (PDF)






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“Weinblätter” / ”Vine leaves”, 1937/1940 – lacquer on wood panel – 56x55cm – cat. A20

Hanns Ludwig Katz – “Magaliesberg Pool, Grootkloof”, 1937 – pencil and watercolour on paper – 56x37 cm

(illustrated in cat “Aspects of South African Art 1903-1999” presented by Johans Borman and Warren Siebrits at the Sandton Civic Centre, Johannesburg, 14th to 29th September, 2001)

ISBN 3-87909-292-3                                   ISBN 1-874817-11-1







Selected News cuttings from South Africa



The Zionist Record, Johannesburg (19th June, 1942)

The Star, Johannesburg (9th November, 1984) (ill.)

Die Beeld, Johannesburg (20th February, 1986) (“Soektog na ‘n verlore skilder”) (Elza Miles)

The Star, Johannesburg (undated) – 1986

Weekly Mail, Cape Town – 7th January, 1994 (“Katz gets recognition at last” (Neville Dubow)

Art Review in A.T., Cape Town – 25th January, 1994 (“Katz: A genius now speaking to all of us”)

Cape Times, Cape Town – 26th January, 1994 (“Art reflects times of angst” (Benita Munitz)

Weekend Artworks, Cape Town – 22nd April, 1994 (“In memory of an artist”) (Anne Emslie)







Other Selected References





„Hanns Ludwig Katz, 1892-1940“: Ausstellung Jüdisches Museum, Frankfurt am Main, 18. März - 8. Juni 1992; Kunsthalle in Emden

“Timeless experience: Laura Perls's unpublished notebooks and literary texts 1946-1985” - ISBN 1-4438-8889-3

„Zeitlose Erfahrung: Laura Perls' unveröffentlichte Notizbücher und literarische Texte 1946-1985“ – ISBN 3837927024




“Hans Katz” in Jewish Affairs (Dr Joseph Sachs), Sept. 1947, p.24

„South African Artists 1900-1962“ (Jeppe) (Afrikaanse Pers-Boekhandel), 1963, p.46

 “Art & Artists of South Africa” (Esmé Berman) (Balkema), 1970; (revised ed.) 1983 – ISBN 0 86961 144 5 – p. 449


“Hanns Ludwig Katz 1892-1940” (Dr Albert Werth) in “Lantern” Vol. 36/3 August, 1987, p.41-45 (F.E.S.T., Pretoria) – ISSN 0023-8422

(see Errata in Lantern Vol. 36/4)


“The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors including Namibia“(Ogilvie / Graff) (Everard Read), 1988 – ISBN 0 620 12663 9 – listed on p. 327

Ruth Weiss: „A Path Through Hard Grass“(Basler Afrika Bibliographien BAB) (Lives Legacies Legends 11) (2014) ISBN 9783905758399 – p.69

 “The German Jewish Immigrant Contribution to South African Art” (Gwynne Schrire) - Jewish Affairs, Johannesburg – Rosh Hashanah 2010 – pp. 9-13






Selected Works from his South African period

“Magaliesberg (Damhoek Pass)” 1937/1940 - oil/wood – 60x76 cm (Donation H Wongtschowki)







Works by Hanns Ludwig Katz auctioned in South Africa



Welz/Sothebys, Cape Town - 1998-10-20 – “Crocus” Lot 614 (details n/a)







Selected Book publications


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1984 Cassirer Fine Arts, Johannesburg

1993/1994 South African National Gallery, Cape Town








Works by Hanns Ludwig Katz in South African Museums



SA National Gallery, Cape Town (4 works)


“Selfstbildnis mit Fränze” 1918/1919 - oil/canvas

“Magaliesberg (Damhoek Pass)” 1937/1940 - oil/wood

“Portrait of an Architect” - pastel

“Todesreiter” 1921 - colour lithograph

Hanns Ludwig KATZ in 1940 (photo by Fred Prager, Vienna)








His life


Extracted from http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/katz-hanns-ludwig (adjusted)


KATZ, HANNS LUDWIG (1892–1940), German painter and graphic artist. Katz was born in Karlsruhe on 24th July, 1892. After leaving school he made a short sojourn in Paris at the atelier of Henri Matisse. From 1913 to 1918 Katz studied painting, history of art, and architecture in Karlsruhe, Heidelberg, and Munich. He married the pianist Franziska Ehrenreich and they moved to Frankfurt-on-the-Main in 1920, after he had published a series of expressionist lithographs entitled “Danse macabre” which alluded to the revolution in 1919. In Frankfurt, Katz became known as a painter of portraits, cityscapes, and still life, which revealed the influence of Max Beckmann and the “Neue Sachlichkeit”. But despite the success and the support of the art critic Max Osborn, he had to become a partner in a whitewashing company in 1923 in order to make a living. One of his portraits in the style of the “Neue Sachlichkeit” shows the artist at work. After getting his master craftsman’s certificate, he worked in the business until 1936. After the Nazi takeover in 1933, Katz took an active part in the Frankfurt section of the “Jüdischer Kulturbund” and in 1935, one year after his wife died, he planned to establish a semi-autonomous Jewish settlement in Yugoslavia. After his endeavours failed he immigrated to South Africa in 1936. Before leaving Frankfurt, Katz married Ruth Wolf who followed him into exile. Thus he was able to escape before one of his best expressionist portraits of Gustav Landauer was publicly denounced in Degenerate Art in 1938. Despite becoming deeply involved in painting the landscapes of his new homeland, Katz was unable to make headway in the South African art scene; he died in Johannesburg on 17th November, 1940.









Selected Exhibitions in South Africa


1942 Gainsborough Galleries, Johannesburg (23rd June) (opened by Lippy Lipschitz) (oils, watercolours, pastels, architectural sketches)

1961 Lawrence Adler Galleries, Johannesburg (Memorial Exhibition) (28th February) (opened by Judith Gluckman) (28 works)








Paintings and graphics