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 also a passionate art-educator, teaching classes with Canadian painter Marian 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.[3]