William Ritschel renowned California Impressionist and Marine painter was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1864. He studied at The Royal Academy of Art in Munich where he received his technical training. As a young man he went to see and worked as a merchant sailor. Practical experience and excellent technical skills translated to a career primarily devoted to painting of seascapes. Ritschel set up a studio on the Monterrey Peninsula overlooking the Pacific. The vast majority of his work depicts the changing views, atmosphere and dynamics of the interface between land and sea. His work was widely exhibited on both East and West Coasts. He was a member of the National Academy of Design and The Salmagundi Club. There is large auction history for his work representing his large artistic output during his life.
This work is of the blue pacific but is atypical as it shows the ocean at a time of calm and from a more distant viewpoint. The work is in very good condition. Craquelure extends vertically from the top to bottom of the canvas. There are two points of minor paint loss in the top center and right middle margin.
The all wood, period, gold leaf frame shows abrasions to the gilding on the outer perimeter frame. The canvas measures 8” by 10” and 10” by 12” with the frame.
Painting of the Sea after William Ritschel (1864-1949)