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Fritz Brandtner

Bella Bella, B.C.


Fritz Brandtner
Danzig (now Gdańsk) 1896 – Montreal 1969


Bella Bella, B.C.




Ink with gouache highlights over traces of coloured pencil


20.2 x 28.7 cm


Gift of Marc Régnier and Claudette Picard, inv. 2001.148


Graphic Arts

Brandtner’s art was inspired by both the formal experiences and social concerns of German Expressionism and Cubism, as well as Picasso’s work during the period between the two World Wars. Brandtner’s non-figurative works made him one of the pioneers of abstraction in Canada. In 1930, while travelling in British Columbia, he endeavoured to depict the landscape of Bella Bella, including a series of headlands along the Pacific Ocean. The use of various techniques enabled the artist to assert the autonomy of this particular work despite its illusionist character, especially through its geometric composition and the staggering of the planes representing the mountains.

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