From a Baden shoemaker family Carl Jutz 1853 experienced the emigration of all other family members to America. Left to his own fate, he began his artistic training with August Knip, a Dutch animal painter. He then joined in 1861 the Munich circle of artists to Anton Braith and Christian Mali and spent some years on Lake Chiemsee. In 1867 he moved to Dusseldorf and perfected his gaze for the exact representation of animals, which in Dusseldorf had neither forerunners nor imitators on a comparable, painterly level. He exhibited in the following years in Paris, Vienna, Sidney and Melbourne.
Not only as a result of this international exhibition activity, the paintings were scattered by Carl Jutz in collections all over the world. Englishmen and Americans acquired many of his major works; German museums bought pictures from his œuvre while the painter was still alive. In Rhenish collections "a Jutz was as little lacking as an Achenbach", the Kölnische Zeitung noted in 1916 in an obituary.
Jutz 'brilliant painting technique, his inimitable ability to observe and his empathy with the animal world have made his works timeless cultural assets whose quality has prevailed at all times against variations in taste.