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Carl Bretzke Art

CARL BRETZKE (USA, B. 1954)

Carl Bretzke is known for his nighttime paintings, also known as Nocturnes. It is in these nocturne paintings that Bretzke can investigate the different colors emanating from different light sources, both natural and artificial. Luminous tonal qualities enchant the viewer.  Bretzke is a representational painter who specializes in urban scenes and plein air landscapes. Carl's work has been exhibited extensively in Minnesota and California, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Carl's work has been described in the Washington Post as "simultaneously intimate and detached…the artist's unadorned style recalls Edward Hopper and The Ashcan School." Bretzke holds an MD degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Colorado, where he also received a minor in fine art. He has also trained extensively under Plein Air Painters of America signature artist Joseph Paquet.

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Bungalow Comfort
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting. "Bungalow Comfort" epitomizes the feeling of hunkering down against the outside elements. Here, Bretzke beautifully modernizes the classic tonalist theme of the warm...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Metal

Pontiac in Repose
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a an old blue Pontiac, parked street side. Snow coats the ground, declaring winter. A streetlight glows a cold white light onto an industrial driveway, where smal...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Moon Over Marine Park
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a the harbor-master's office under a bright full moon, in Sag Harbor Village's Marine Park. Carl Bretzke is known for his nighttime paintings, also known as Noctur...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

By the Lagoon
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a tropical landscape. Crystal teal-blue water is surrounded by verdant bushes and palm trees, which cast dappled shadows onto the sand. A few figures splash around...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

House of Refuge Museum
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a landscape in Florida. The house of Refuge Museum showcases historic work from entrepreneurs and inventors. Bretzke captured it on a grey day, blue sky pokes out ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Moon Over Back Lot
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a boat yard at nighttime. Boats at rest behind a locked chain-link fence. Street lights glow with hot orange auras. The full moon peeks out glowing a cool bright w...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Nocturnal Rain
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a rainy nighttime landscape. A group of figures huddle underneath an open umbrella as they get out of, or load in-to, a car. The figures are backlit by the hot ora...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Main Street, Sag Harbor
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of the village of Sag Harbor, New York; a popular summer destination. Bretzke captures this quaint village in the off-season, bare branches on trees and an overcast ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Night Factory
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted in his studio after sketching en plein-air at night in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. A once heavily industrious city, Minneapolis is covered with old factories. The ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Metro Supperclub
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Oil painting of a Florida beach at night Artist Bio Carl Bretzke is a representational painter who specializes in urban scenes and plein-air landscapes. Carl's work has been exhibit...
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2010s American Impressionist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Two Cars and a Billboard
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Oil painting of cars in front of a billboard, painted en plein air, in Minneapolis, MN during the winter. Artist Bio Carl Bretzke is a representational painter who specializes in u...
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2010s American Impressionist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

South Beach Illumination
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Oil painting of a night scene in South Beach, Miami. Bretzke captures the bustling nightlife of the tropical city, highlighted by neons and streetlights. Figures stop and chat on the...
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2010s American Impressionist Carl Bretzke Art

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Oil, Linen

Remnants of Winter
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Oil painting of a neighborhood in the winter. A quiet, tree-lined street is sprinkled with snow. A yellow sky blends into blue and above. Frame dimensions: 32 x 44 inches Artist ...
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2010s American Impressionist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Perched
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Oil painting of a beach in California Artist Bio Carl Bretzke is a representational painter who specializes in urban scenes and plein-air landscapes. Carl's work has been exhibited...
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2010s American Impressionist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Looking For Shade
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Oil painting of a beach in Laguna, California. Artist Bio Carl Bretzke is a representational painter who specializes in urban scenes and plein-air landscapes. Carl's work has been...
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2010s American Impressionist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Main Beach After Dark
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Oil painting of a beach scene at night. illuminated by spots of streetlights. Silhouettes of figures scattered about; one figure searches the beach sands with a flashlight. A lifegua...
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2010s American Impressionist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Dying to Stay in Maui
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Oil painting of a Maui Landscape. Painted en plein air at a graveyard, Bretzke titles this work humorously, "Dying to Stay in Maui". Two figures stand in a graveyard, on a Hawaiian ...
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2010s American Impressionist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Harbor Truck II
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Oil painting of a truck at night Artist Bio Carl Bretzke is a representational painter who specializes in urban scenes and plein-air landscapes. Carl's work has been exhibited exten...
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2010s American Impressionist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

City Billboard
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of an urban landscape, or cityscape. Painted from life in Minneapolis, a billboard stands tall, presiding over all below, A grey winter sky meets a strong skyline alo...
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2010s American Impressionist Carl Bretzke Art

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Oil

Hubs Landing
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
"Hubs Landing" is an oil painting of a marina. Painted en plein air, by Carl Bretzke. Painting Dimensions: 12 x 16 inches Framed dimensions: 17 x 21 inches Carl Bretzke is a rep...
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2010s American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Oil, Panel

Hometown Hero
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Carl Bretzke is a representational painter who specializes in urban scenes and plein-aire landscapes. Carl's work has been exhibited extensively in Minnesota and California, includin...
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2010s American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Oil, Panel

Stall 36C
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Stall 36 C is a dark painting of a wet, parking garage. One car rests beneath a tarpaulin near the back wall, illuminated by the bright natural light from two windows. Puddles of wat...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Oil, Panel

Horse on a Wheel
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted en plein air in rural america, a horse stands alone on a dirt culdisac. A tall pinwheel tower stands central to the composition. A trailer and car parked beneath the horizon....
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Oil, Panel

Backyard Chickens
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Backyard Chickens was painted en plein air in rural america. Two small ranch buildings compose the border of the painting. The horizon is made up of trees in full bloom. The atmosphe...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

Painter Friend and Friends
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
A painting of painter, Ben Fenske, his muse, and his dog. Sitting in front of and underneath Fenske's 2009 painting, "The Break Up." The artist comforts the dog with a nice...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Autumn Old Cars
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Carl Bretzke is a representational painter who specializes in urban scenes and plein-aire landscapes. Carl's work has been exhibited extensively in Minnesota and California, includin...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Impressionist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Bob's Hot Turkey Sandwich
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Carl Bretzke amplifies his oeuvre of americana painting with "Bob's Hot Turkey Sandwich". A caucasian man sits at a booth at a casual, local diner, fork and knife ready in his hands....
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

Boats on a Back Lot
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a grassy lot where boats rest in the off-season. Painted en plein air; a grassy sun-filled lot. Clouds patch together in a rich blue sky, similar to the patches of...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

North
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Painted in his studio after sketching en plein-air, a method that was famously done by Corot, Bretzke depicts an american, urban, winter landscape. Painted in his hometown of Minneap...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Off Street Parking
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
"Off Street Parking" is an oil painting by American Plein-air painter, Carl Bretzke. A common scene, of cars parked along the street in suburbia, at night. Light cascades from street...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Impressionist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

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