Fritz Brandtner

Fritz Brandtner - Heffel Gallery

Fritz Brandtner

1896 - 1969
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Fritz Brandtner was a prolific artist who worked in a variety of media including oil, watercolour, charcoal, encaustic and wood, and produced prints using linoleum and wood blocks. His vividly coloured work with its characteristic slashes and outlines of black is decidedly Expressionist in tone, grounded in solid design, and shows the influence of the Bauhaus School.

Brandtner had a vast life experience. Born in Danzig, he was forced into the German army in 1915. He was captured in battle and spent the remainder of the war in a French prison camp. After his release, Brandtner worked as a studio assistant with Post-Impressionist Fritz August Pfuhle and taught life drawing classes in his hometown of Danzig, Poland. In the local gallery he studied the work of Max Beckmann, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso and Hans Grotz, and was fluent in the visual language of Cubism. However, faced with difficult economic times, he moved to Winnipeg in 1928. While there he was employed by the firm Brigden's as a commercial artist, painting houses and designing stage sets, and met other Winnipeg artists including Lionel Lemoine FitzGerald, Bertram Brooker, Caven Atkins and Phillip Surrey.

With Fitzgerald's encouragement, Brandtner moved to Montreal in 1934, feeling that there would be a more receptive audience for his work in that city. He was correct, and the Canadian League Against War and Fascism sponsored a show of his work in 1936, showing images that dealt with poverty, fascism and war. Dr. Norman Bethune and Marion Scott were early supporters of his work and shared his social and societal concerns; Scott and Brandtner gave free art classes to children from the poorest areas of Montreal. Artist John Lyman was also an early supporter and encouraged Brandtner in his role as a conduit between Canadians and the European avant-garde, with whom Brandtner maintained his connections; thus Brandtner is credited with bringing Expressionism to a wider audience in Canada. Brandtner developed a relationship with Paul Kastel of the Kastel Gallery, and had a long and successful association there. He was the winner of the Jessie Dow Award for watercolours in 1946, the Canada Council Visual Arts Award in 1968. He died in Montreal in 1969.



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Jeune fille
29 x 15 1/8in 73.7 x 38.4cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $29,500 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2014 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 27, 2014



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Harvest
8 1/2 x 32in 21.6 x 81.3cm
wood carving in mahogany

Estimate:  $6,000 - $9,000 CDN
Sold for:   $11,115 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2008 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, November 19, 2008



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Souvenir of Autumn
9 7/8 x 7 7/8in 25.1 x 20cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $4,000 - $6,000 CDN
Sold for:   $4,095 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's November 2009 - 4th Session auction on Saturday, November 28, 2009



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Galaxy
15 x 12in 38.1 x 30.5cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $4,000 - $6,000 CDN
Sold for:   $4,095 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's September 2008 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, September 25, 2008



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Abstract
9 1/4 x 12 1/4in 23.5 x 31.1cm
encaustic on board

Estimate:  $3,500 - $4,500 CDN
Sold for:   $4,095 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's September 2008 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, September 25, 2008



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Abstract
9 x 12in 22.9 x 30.5cm
encaustic on board

Estimate:  $3,500 - $4,500 CDN
Sold for:   $4,095 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's September 2008 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, September 25, 2008



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Georgian Bay
16 x 20 1/2in 40.6 x 52.1cm
mixed media on paper

Estimate:  $4,000 - $4,500 CDN
Sold for:   $4,025 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's May 2007 - 1st Session auction on Saturday, May 26, 2007



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Island Pine
14 1/4 x 14 1/4in 36.2 x 36.2cm
oil on canvas on board

Estimate:  $2,000 - $3,000 CDN
Sold for:   $3,803 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's February 2010 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, February 25, 2010



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Abstract
16 x 20in 40.6 x 50.8cm
oil and collage on paper

Estimate:  $2,000 - $3,000 CDN
Sold for:   $3,510 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's January 2012 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, January 26, 2012



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Street Scene
15 x 20in 38.1 x 50.8cm
ink and watercolour on paper

Estimate:  $2,500 - $3,500 CDN
Sold for:   $3,163 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2006 auction on Friday, November 24, 2006


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