Montreal

Fritz Brandtner

BIRTH YEAR 1896
BIRTH PLACE Danzig, Germany
DEATH YEAR 1969
DEATH PLACE Montreal, Quebec

This cityscape, called Montréal, was painted by Fritz Brandtner in 1935. Born in Germany, Brandtner immigrated to Winnipeg and later settled in Montreal, where he became well known for his role in introducing European Expressionism to Canada. Expressionists focused on feelings over reality and expressed emotion through tones and shapes, as can be seen in this painting of Montreal. Here, Brandtner conveys a mood of despair through the dark background colour, while diagonal lines and dynamic shapes reveal the uncertainty felt throughout society during the Great Depression.

MEDIUM Oil and wax crayon on rag paper
DATE 1935
DIMENSIONS 25.4cm x 35.6cm
ACCESSION NUMBER FAC 0069
CREDIT LINE Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, the Ottawa Art Gallery Donated to the City of Ottawa by the Ontario Heritage Foundation
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
A colourful drawing of a geometric cityscape.

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