1838 - 1888

Placed Lived
Kentucky, Switzerland, Germany

Known for birch-tree landscape and genre painting, etching.


A native of Lauterecken, Bavaria, Carl Christian Brenner is noted for landscapes and genre paintings. At the age of fifteen, Brenner immigrated to the United States. He worked as a sign painter and glazier in New Orleans before moving to Louisville, where he made his home for the remainder of his life. Brenner painted a panoramic view of Civil War scenes for the Masonic Hall of Louisville in 1863.

In the 1870s, Brenner began to devote his energies to landscape painting. His paintings portrayed lush, detailed views of parks, rivers and forests in Louisville and the Cumberland mountains, for which he became well known. He also painted scenes from his travels to Colorado, California, Washington and Oregon.

Brenner exhibited landscapes in the Louisville Industrial Exposition of 1874 and Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876. His work is in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, St. Louis Museum of Art, Speed Art Museum, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art, and Morris Museum of Art.

Works of Art

Lazy Stream
Oil on Canvas

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