Julius Bretz's (1870 - 1953) artistic work was created in the late period of the "Düsseldorfer Malerschule".
Bretz had the first steps in oil painting under the guidance of Helmuth Liesegang and was influenced by the Dutch "Hague School" after 1890. Their monochrome sea and beach representations were exemplary for the simultaneous Rhenish landscape painting. After the turn of the century, Julius Bretz developed a very individual style that interwoven Art Nouveau elements in landscape sections of the Düsseldorf area.
Together with Max Clarenbach, August Deusser and Walther Ophey, Julius Bretz took a decisive step in 1900 after modern French painting. As a "special association of West German art lovers and artists", a circle was founded through the initiative of the painters, which had organized four important exhibitions of modern art in Düsseldorf and Cologne until 1912.
During these exhibitions works by Julius Bretz, Max Clarenbach, august Deusser and Walther Ophey were shown together with paintings by Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso.