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Carl Bretzke Art

American, 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.

(Biography provided by Grenning Gallery)
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Dunn Brothers
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting featuring 3 figures, at Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Two men sit at their own tables, on the other side of the glass of the storefront window; s...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Oil, Linen

Cold Day by the Tracks
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a snow-covered street, just outside the city in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The city skyline can be seen in the center horizon. A billow of smoke rises upward from a w...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Oil, Linen

Fog Over Rocks
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a landscape on a foggy day. An island of rocks make up the foreground, to a horizon of green pine trees, and a distant sailboat pokes out from the hazy grey in the...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Historic Village Morning
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of the exteriors of a grouping of historic homes, in various colors, on a sunny day. A white picket fence encases a garden in the foreground. Dimensions: 12 x 24 in...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Two of Everything
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting, set inside the popular Sag Harbor Antique Shop, Black Swan Antiques. A figure stands against the natural light from the doorway, amidst the various objects for sale....
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Oil, Linen

Isles Looking West
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
"Isles Looking West" is an oil painting of a freezing cold landscape. A snow covered lake is speckled with eager ice-fisherman, standing in the grey expanse. The landscape is flanked...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Joshua's Backyard
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a back yard at nighttime. Interior lights glow from the windows, a distant lamppost shines white light, and a further one shines a warm orange light. A chain link ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Mary in the Garden
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Carl 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...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Standing on a Rock
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of the coast in Laguna Beach, California. A group of figures stand on a large rock along the shoreline, and the horizon is adorned with native palm trees. Carl Bret...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Oil, Linen

Tuscany Hillside
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a landscape in Tuscany. Rolling hills, a winding dirt-road, Cyprus trees, and a small farm-house cottage, underneath a pale blue sky. Carl Bretzke is a represent...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Oil, Linen, Panel

Triumph
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a verdant, wooded area, painted en-plein air in Arkansas. An old, rusted, abandoned race-car is the focal point behind an old stone wall. Carl Bretzke is a repre...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Oil

Twilight Boat Deck
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a lake scene at night. A moon shines from behind the clouds, appearing dim in comparison to the bright, warm, lamp post on the shore. Framed dimensions: 23 x 27 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Linen, Oil

Winter Field, Late Dusk
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of a snow covered landscape at sunset. Distant lights glow on the horizon beneath a wide expanse of sky. Carl Bretzke is a representational painter who specializes i...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Oil

Loring Hill Nocturne
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting, of the Loring Park Neighborhood of Minneapolis. As quoted in LakeSociety Magazine Bretzke states: “I am a realist oil painter. I prefer to paint scenes that somehow ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Oil, Linen

Raindrop Abstract
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of the view from the artist, Carl Bretzke's, window. Raindrops speckle the glass all-over, a TV screen reflects its blue-light, and the cityscape below glows with var...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Oil, Linen

Telluride, Looking East
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
An oil painting of landscape in Telluride, Colorado. A horizon of mountains meet a grassy valley spotted with puddles. A few notes of "chimney smoke" are nods to signs of life in the...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Oil, Linen

Late Day Sun Two
By Carl Bretzke
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
"Late Day Sun" is an oil painting of a beach scene, at Laguna Beach, California. Figures are backlit by the bright setting sunlight, enjoying the end of a hot sunny day. A bird is de...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Realist Carl Bretzke Art

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Panel, Oil

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

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

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