William Frederick Ritschel (American, 1864-1949) Storm lashed coast 30 1/4 x 40 1/4in
Lot 40
William Frederick Ritschel (American, 1864-1949) Storm lashed coast 30 1/4 x 40 1/4in
Sold for US$ 116,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
William Frederick Ritschel (American, 1864-1949)
Storm lashed coast
signed 'W. Ritschel / N.A.' (lower right) and signed, titled and inscribed 'Storm Lashed Coast / California / W. Ritschel N.A. / N.Y.' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
30 1/4 x 40 1/4in
overall: 38 3/4 x 48 3/4in

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    With Cannell & Chaffin, Inc., Los Angeles, California
    With The Redfern Gallery, Laguna Beach, California
    Private collection, Southern California

    William Ritschel was educated in Nuremberg and later studied at the Royal Academy in Munich with the top academic painters of the day. As a young man he sailed for a time as a merchant seaman. His travels worldwide clearly had a profound effect on him as he went on to become a painter of the sea. In 1911 he settled in Carmel. At this time, his paintings were exhibited nationally as well as in Europe. His fame as a marine painter led to a membership in the prestigious National Academy in 1914. In 1918 he began construction on an ocean view home and studio in the Carmel Highlands. This castle-like stone estate, called Castellammare, was to remain his home base for the rest of his life. He was known locally as an eccentric painter, who was often seen on the Carmel bluffs with brushes and canvases in hand studying the changing light and tides along the coast.

    Storm Lashed Coast is a classic example of Ritschel at his finest, capturing the power of the sea and its beauty. His impressionist style is the perfect vehicle to represent the movement, color and force of the sea on the rocks. There is nothing static about a rocky coast and a turbulent ocean, and Ritschel was a master at transferring this dynamic interaction to canvas. It is no wonder that Ritschel's marine paintings were well received in exhibitions worldwide. As with his plein air contemporaries such as William Wendt and Guy Rose, Ritschel was to become synonymous with promoting the majesty of California in the first quarter of the last century.
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