Fritz Brandtner

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Friedrich Wilhelm Brandtner (28 July 1896 – 1969), known during his life as Fritz Brandtner, was a German-Canadian artist and art instructor.[1] At one time or another he worked as painter, printmaker, graphic artist, illustrator, muralist, and set designer.[2]

Brandtner emigrated to Canada from Germany in 1928. Following a short stay in Winnipeg he settled in Montreal in 1934. A prolific artist and thinker, he actively participated in the cultural life of Canada. He was a member of the Contemporary Arts Society in Montreal, serving as its first secretary.[3] He was also a passionate art-educator, teaching classes with Canadian painter Marian Dale Scott. Brandtner introduced notions of the German Expressionists to Canada, especially the works of Bauhaus and abstractionism.

A close friend of Brandtner, Montreal art dealer Paul Kastel, of the Kastel Gallery, was named executor of Brandtner's estate. Kastel continued to promote Brandtner's work over the following four decades. In 2011 Galerie Valentin held a retrospective exhibition of Brandtner's works.[4]


  1. ^ "Fritz Brandtner - National Gallery of Canada | National Gallery of Canada". Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  2. ^ "Fritz (Friedrich) Wilhelm Brandtner - Artist, Fine Art Prices, Auction Records for Fritz (Friedrich) Wilhelm Brandtner". Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  3. ^ "Canadian Painting in the 30s: part 7. The Eastern Group and the Contemporary Arts Society". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Fritz Brandtner exposition rétrospective - Retrospective exhibition Fritz Brandtner by Numérique Archambault Nu/Ar Inc". issuu. 2011-11-24. Retrieved 2017-04-08.