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    Carl Frederick Gaertner (American, 1898-1952)
    Industrial Cleveland (Red), 1930
    Oil on canvas
    35 x 41 inches (88.9 x 104.1 cm)
    Signed and dated lower left: Carl Gaertner / 1930

    PROPERTY OF A CALIFORNIA FAMILY

    Carl Frederick Gaertner was the most celebrated artist of the Cleveland School to paint heroic industrial landscapes during the 1920s. His scenes of titanic steel mills and blast furnaces along the snaking Cuyahoga River in his native Cleveland, Ohio, and similar subjects he recorded in nearby Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, earned him virtually every artistic award Cleveland could heap upon him. Before long, his reputation stretched far beyond Cleveland as he won widespread national recognition for his portrayals of the poetry and power of the rust belt's mammoth steel industry and the teeming chaos needed to service it: bridges, barges, and a vast network of railroads. His work caught the attention of Macbeth Gallery, the first New York gallery to represent American art exclusively, and which became his exclusive dealer. Macbeth mounted solo show after solo show for the artist until his untimely death at age 54.
    The two industrial landscapes by Carl Gaertner in the present auction represent a significant rediscovery. Their whereabouts have been unknown since 1930, when one (Industrial Cleveland (Red)) appeared in the list of works the artist submitted to the Cleveland Museum of Art's 1930 "Twelfth Annual Exhibition of Work by Cleveland Artists and Craftsmen." The father of the present owner acquired both works in Cleveland around 1930, while he was living there, and perhaps purchased them directly from the artist prior to his representation by Macbeth Gallery.




    Condition Report*: Unlined canvas; minor surface grime and craquelure. Not framed.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    November, 2018
    8th Thursday
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