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The Commuter

Carl Gaertner

(Cleveland, Ohio, 1898 - 1952, Willoughby, Ohio)

1945

Oil on fiberboard

24 in. x 40 in. (60.96 cm x 101.6 cm)

Purchased, by exchange, with funds from Mrs. Allan Johnson, Sr. and Mr. Ralph Cortell

2005.2

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The crusty mounds of snow and eerie, greenish light in this painting of a man standing on a train platform enhance the image’s feeling of desolation and loneliness. The work is based on pencil sketches Gaertner made as he rode the train between Cleveland and New York in order to deliver paintings to art dealers. This work won first place in the 1945 Cleveland May Show and was subsequently exhibited in St. Louis and Chicago.

Marks

signed LR in black paint "Carl Gaertner 1945"

Keywords
American
Clouds
Figure
Haunting
Male
Ohio Art
Painting
Winter