William Frederick Ritschel (American, 1864-1949) Our dream coast of Monterey (Glory of the Pacific) 50 x 60in (overall: 61 x 71in)

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William Frederick Ritschel
(American, 1864-1949)
Our dream coast of Monterey (Glory of the Pacific) 50 x 60in

Sold for US$ 175,000 inc. premium
William Frederick Ritschel (American, 1864-1949)
Our dream coast of Monterey (Glory of the Pacific)
signed 'W. Ritschel N.A.' (lower right) and signed and titled 'Our Dream Coast of Monterey W. Ritschel N.Y.' (on the reverse) and titled 'Glory of the Pacific' (on a paper label affixed to the stretcher bar)
oil on canvas
50 x 60in
overall: 61 x 71in

Footnotes

  • Exhibited
    Oakland, The Oakland Museum, Selections from the Irvine Museum Exhibition, November 13, 1993 – February 20, 1994.
    Irvine, The Irvine Museum, California Legacy Exhibition, May 28 – October 1, 2005.
    Irvine, The Irvine Museum, El Camino de Oro: Journey through Early California, February 23 – June 5, 2010.
    Irvine, The Irvine Museum, Saving Paradise, June 16 – October 26, 2010.
    San Francisco, Bohemian Club, Gray, Keith, Redmond, Ritschel: Four Bohemian Masters, March 1 – 11, 2011.
    Irvine, The Irvine Museum, California Rhapsody: Early Artists of the Bohemian Club, June 18 – November 3, 2011.
    Irvine, The Irvine Museum, California Impressionism, traveling exhibition 2012-2015.

    Literature
    Jean Stern, Selections from the Irvine Museum, Irvine, 1992, p. 85, illustrated in color.
    Jean Stern, California This Golden Land of Promise, Irvine, 2001, p. 280, illustrated in color.
    Joan Irvine Smith, A California Woman's Story, Irvine, 2006, p. 172, p. 402, illustrated in color.
    Jean Stern, Selections from the Irvine Museum, Irvine, 2009, p. 33, illustrated in color.

    William Ritschel was educated in Nuremberg, Germany 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 (as did Armin Hansen). 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. His paintings were exhibited nationally as well as in Europe at this time. His fame as a marine painter lead to a membership in the prestigious National Academy in 1914. In 1918 he began construction on an ocean view home and studio atop the Carmel Highlands cliffs. This castle-like stone estate, called Castellammare, was to remain his home base for the rest of his life and still stands today. 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.

    Our Dream Coast of Monterey is an enormous painting. Ritschel loved to paint large canvases, as he felt that the bigger the canvas the more he could capture the enormity and energy of the Carmel coast. The impressionist style proved to be the perfect vehicle by which Ritschel could capture the undulation of the tides, the changing colors from dusk to dawn, and the force of the sea as it ceaselessly breaks on rocks and beaches. The Monterey coast is never static, and Ritschel was a master at applying the sounds and sights of daily life along the water to canvas. It is no wonder that Ritschel's marine paintings were well received in exhibitions worldwide during his lifetime. As with his plein air contemporaries such as William Wendt and Guy Rose, Ritschel successfully promoted the majesty of California in the first quarter of the last century.
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