|Death Date: November 4, 1952
|Carl Gaertner was born in Cleveland in 1898. He studied mechanical design in high school, but by his final year he decided to make painting his career. He attended Western Reserve College and Cleveland School of Art (Cleveland Institute of Art) and studied with Henry Keller and Frank Wilcox. He entered his first Cleveland May show in 1922 and won second prize for his industrial oil painting and throughout the years he entered many paintings in the Cleveland May Show - often winning prizes.
Carl Gaertner, a native Clevelander, is known for painting urban industrial subjects and in the late 1920s his fascination turned to factories and laborers working in the sooty snow – often enlivened with intensely colored shadows.
During his life, Gaertner was both a painter and a teacher. After graduating from the Cleveland School of Art, he became a member of their faculty and taught there until his untimely death at the age of 54.