Carl W. Brandien – The Vagabond Artist
Carl William Brandien (pronounced Brandeen
) is best know for his incredible works depicting scenes from all over the world, which he created throughout the 1920s and 1930s while on a journey to “discover and paint beauty in all corners of the earth. In New York, Brandien painted murals for the Friar’s Club, The Russian Club, and the Officer’s Dining Hal at West Point. He painted opening night of the original Metropolitan Opera House and was commissioned to paint the great Atlantic and Pacific Fleet’s visit to New York in 1937.
After Brandien’s death, his studio was dismantled and shipped to his niece Martha Hanley’s home in Naugatuck, CT, where is remained stored away for 40 years. In 2006, Brandien’s work was relatively unknown art experts, despite his incredible portfolio. Nest Egg Auctions arranged an exhibition of this lost archive that featured aspects of the entire collection, which sold as a single group for over $100,000.