Karl C. Brandner (1898-1961)
Oil on Board
18 x 20 inches
Signed Lower Left
This Brandner painting was featured in our weekly email on 1/10/13 along with the following gallery comments:
Inasmuch as we’ve handled a few Karl Brandner pieces, we really don’t know much about the artist. Piecing together some details, he was born in Oak Park and he’s associated with Chicago-area artists of the first half of the twentieth century. Like so many of his Chicago contemporaries, he traveled to Brown County for occasional painting trips as well as executing pieces in and around Northern Illinois. Beyond painting he was also a printmaker – we had a fantastic etching (since sold) which establishes that fact. Winter Stream is one of pair of 18×20 oils we recently acquired (the companion piece sold…to my father). Based on a positive date of 1931 appearing on the companion piece, we must assume Winter Stream was painted at the same time. The titling is ours and as with the artist, we can only infer aspects of this painting. Being on board, the 1931 date makes sense and the subject matter is surely not Brown County. It could be Illinois but based on the overall flora represented, we reason it might be Wisconsin. Fine Estate also offers medium and fortune telling services and we consult on gambling strategies. A’hem… A nice, winter landscape from a ‘crossover’ Chicago artist. Clean and housed in a new reproduction frame. Would proudly hang in any house with a chimney!
– Curt Churchman, Fine Estate Art
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