William Frederick Ritschel (American, 1864-1949) Evening tide, California coast, 1926 40 x 50in
Lot 41
William Frederick Ritschel (American, 1864-1949) Evening tide, California coast, 1926 40 x 50in
Sold for US$ 80,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
William Frederick Ritschel (American, 1864-1949)
Evening tide, California coast, 1926
signed 'W. Ritschel / N. A.' (lower right) and initialed, titled and dated '"Evening Tide" / Calif. Coast / WR N. A. / 1926' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
40 x 50in

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Private collection, Southern California

    William Ritschel was a fixture in the Carmel area for many years. In 1918, the same year he was elected to the National Academy of Design, Ritschel began building, by hand, a stone castle along the Carmel cliffs. The home still exists today, just above the Pacific. Ritschel painted many of his coastal scenes in and around this home, named Castellammare. The numerous nearby rock outcroppings were perfect vantage points for painting majestic views of the ocean and cliffs. In fact, Ritschel was a local fixture for years, commonly seen perched high atop the Carmel cliffs, easel at hand, dressed in a colorful sarong and floppy hat. Evening Tide, California Coast is typical of many of Ritschel's impressionistic coastal scenes compositionally. However, it is particularly large in format and unique in the artist's inclusion of a pod of seals. Ritschel was a master at capturing the power of the sea. In Evening Tide, California Coast, one can almost hear the surf as it crashes against the cliffs. He captures the late afternoon light beautifully, in the distance and in the reflection of sun on the wet rocks. The result is a potent scene, glorifying the marvels of nature and the force of the sea.
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