The artist Julian Ritter (1909-2000) has an exceptionally long and colorful biography on Wikipedia, one of the longest I have seen, for an artist. Born in Hamburg, Germany, before World War I, he died in Maui, Hawaii at the turn of the 21st century. In between, he lived life to the fullest, building a reputation as a talented painter, as well as adventurer. He is known today especially for his paintings which celebrate the "glamor and beauty of the female form", as the Wiki listing states, but he also became commercially popular for his clown paintings. Less known is the fact that he painted more serious, complex, thought-provoking works that were less commercially successful. Ritter migrated to New York as a young man, with his mother. After intermediate stops in Philadelphia and Chicago, he ended up in Los Angeles around 1930, studying there with Stanley Reckless. After serving in World War II, he hit his stride in Southern California in the post-war years, painting prolifically and establishing relationships with a number of galleries and collectors, especially in San Francisco, Southern California, Arizona, and Las Vegas. Ritter was a restless and colorful soul, moving around frequently within California, and even to Mexico and Costa Rica. He nearly died in an ill-conceived 1970 trans-Pacific boat journey from Bora Bora to Hawaii. Ritter painted even after a 1985 stroke, though after that his talents were diminished. Ritter usually signed his paintings "Julian". This painting likely dates to the 1960's or 1970's period. Painted on masonite, it measures 14" by 11" and 22 1/2" by 20" framed. It is signed at lower right " Julian". Condition is excellent. The frame has generalized even wear, but remains attractive, adding a vintage touch.
Julian Ritter (1909- 2000) sensual painting of nude