This is a small yet interesting wintery scene, painted by German artist Margarete (Gretel) Laur and dated 1995. Medium: Watercolor.
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About the Artist:
Margarete Laur (b. 1933)
Margarete Meng Laur was born of German heritage in March of 1933, in Semlin, Yugoslavia. She was the 4th of 8 children. She exhibited her artistic talent and drive early in life in various crafts and writings, but the hardships and uncertainities of pre-war life kept her from developing her love for painting.
The war years uprooted her family from Yugoslavia, where they wandered about on foot, train, and wagon always trying to stay distant from the Nazi Regime. At one point, they were herded into cattle cars and hooked on to the waiting train, headed east to Siberia. Through cunning bravery and the exchange of cigarettes and whatever coffee there was, her father was able to persuade the conducter (who took pity on the large German family because his mother was also German) to release the wagon that Laur, her 7 siblings, mother & father was on. Their course was shifted as the conductor placed the cattle car on the track heading West, towards Germany.
Towards the end of the war, Laur and her siblings and parents miraculously escaped to the American Sector by crossing the Danube in small row boats. They were subsequently placed in the village of Obendorf a/N (Southern Germany) where Margarete still resides with her husband and son. It is here, on the border of the Black Forest, where Laur developed her distinctive, expressive style through self-teaching and exploration. She paints for herself, and after being asked several times, has taken on to teaching Art Classes.
Margarete has been invited to participate in numerious one-woman shows and has been favorably accepted in the artistic community of the surrounding area. At the age of 79, she is still producing art, and is even more prolific than ever. She challenges herself daily by exploring new mediums and inspirations.