Born in Nuremberg,
Germany on July 11, 1864. Ritschel was educated at the Latin and
Industrial School in Nuremberg. As a youth he worked as a sailor
and it was during this time that he began sketching marine
subjects. He studied art at the Royal Academy in Munich under
Raupp and Kaulbach before immigrating to NYC in 1895.
Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches
In 1911 he settled
in Carmel, California while continuing to exhibit on the East
Coast and in Europe. His paintings of the sea earned him
international acclaim and in 1914 he was elected a member of the
National Academy. In 1918 he began construction on his ocean
view studio-home in the Carmel Highlands. This castle-like stone
structure was to remain his home for the rest of his life except
for trips throughout the world, especially the South Seas where
he frequently visited.
Oil on canvas, 26 x 30 inches
the Monterey Peninsula remember him garbed in a flowered sarong
and perched on a cypress-covered cliff with brushes and easel.
Ritschel died at his Carmel home on March 11, 1949.
Member: NY WC
Club; American WC Society; Carmel AA; Bohemian Club; Société
Internationale des Beaux Arts et des Lettres (Paris); Academy of
Western Painters (LA); Allied AA; NAC.
"Trees and Surf"
Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches
Exh: SFAA, 1911;
NAD, 1913 (prize), 1921 (prize), 1926; NAC, 1914 (gold medal);
PPIE, 1915 (gold medal); Calif. State Fair, 1916 (gold medal),
1926 (1st prize); Philadelphia Arts Club, 1918 (gold medal);
Calif. WC Society, 1921-23; Salmagundi Club, 1923 (Isador
prize), 1930; AIC, 1923 (prize); Royal Academy, 1924; Paris
Salon, 1926; Stendahl Gallery (LA), 1929; Santa Cruz Art League,
1937; GGIE, 1939; Biltmore Salon (LA), 1944.
"Seafoam and Rocks"
Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches
In: NAC; NMAA;
Monterey Peninsula Museum; PAFA; Oakland Museum; Fort Worth
Museum; St Louis Museum; Bowers Museum (Santa Ana); Detroit Art
Club; AIC; LACMA; Minneapolis Museum; Crocker Museum
(Sacramento); Irvine (CA) Museum; Orange Co. (CA) Museum.
Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940", American Art
Annual 1919-33; Who's Who in American Art 1936-47; NY
Times, 3-13-1949 (obituary).
Watercolor, 24 x 24 inches