Carl Christian Brenner
American, 1838 – 1888
Oil on canvas
27 × 39 × 2 1/2 in. (68.6 × 99.1 × 6.4 cm.) (Frame)
From the Noe Collection, Gift of Bob and Norma Noe, Lancaster, Kentucky 2011.9.3
The Local Landscape
Carl Brenner’s name is synonymous with landscape painting in Louisville during the last decades of the nineteenth century. He was among the scores of German immigrants to settle in Louisville following the revolution of 1848. Brenner initially worked as a glazier and sign painter, but turned his attention to landscape painting in 1878. Brenner’s favorite subjects were the beech trees found along the banks of the Ohio River and in the woodlands that eventually became part of the city’s park system. His early works such as this feature more expansive landscape views and are distinguished by the use of warm browns and earthy colors.