Carl Gaertner

Carl Gaertner (April 18, 1898 – November 4, 1952) was an American artist.

Gaertner was born in Cleveland in 1898 and remained there until his death in 1952. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, which was later called the Cleveland School of Art, from 1920–1923 and taught there from 1925-1952.

Gaertner's subject concern varied, but sure themes recur in his work, including industrial subjects, with Cleveland as his model in the in advance part of his career. Other themes were Provincetown, West Virginia watercolors and oils, and Chagrin Valley paintings. After 1935, Gaertner bought a farm in Chagrin Valley and began his series of paintings of that subject.

The Akron Art Museum currently holds three paintings by Gaertner. Featured in the McDowell galleries is Riverside Plant, an oil upon canvas painted in 1927-28 which was exhibited at the Cleveland Museum of Art Annual Exhibit of the Cleveland Artists and Craftsmen from April 25-June 3, 1928. Also in the Akron stock is Summer Kitchen, a gouache on fiberboard painting the end in 1947 and The Commuter, an oil upon fiberboard painting ended in 1945 which shows a man standing upon a train platform and is based on sketches Gaertner did even though riding the train to New York City to visit his art dealer.

Another Famous painting by Gaertner is Flying Ponies. It depicts a carousel from the well-known Cleveland, Ohio landmark Euclid Beach Park. It was displayed at the Cleveland Museum of Art NEO Show.

The Cleveland Museum of Art owns several of Gaertner's works and currently displays an oil painting labeled "The Pie Wagon." Painted in 1926, this affect focuses attention on laborers at an industrial plant who spend their lunch break milling vis-а-vis a horse-drawn bakery wagon in the shadows of the hulking factories.

Gaertner was an important Cleveland player who was just achieving national cheering before his forward death at the age of 54.

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