Canadian Forces Church Service, Rots, France, 1944
Ink on Paper
43 x 34 cm
Gilbert Bretzloff was born and raised in Laydsmith, Quebec. He was a stone sculptor, painter and printmaker as well as an unofficial World War II artist. He served oversea as a military draughtsman from 1940 to 1945 with the Intelligence Branch of the Second Canadian Infantry Division Advanced Headquarters Staff. During the last year of war, he created a series of watercolors and sketches that recorded the war as he moved with the Allied Front through France, Belgium, Holland and into Germany.
Two of these paintings belong to the Imperial War Museum in Great Britain, and four were purchased by the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The remaining collection belongs to Carol Bretzloff as well as a series of intaglio etchings and aquatints Gilbert Bretzloff created after the war, titled ‘Memories of a Second World War Canadian Soldier’.
The Bretzloff family donated the intaglio print ‘Canadian Forces Church Service, Rots, France, 1944’ to the Pontiac MRC Regional Art Collection in 2015.
Gilbert Bretzloff died in 1985.