biography of William Frederick RITSCHEL (1864-1949)

Birth place: Nürnberg, Bavaria, Germany

Death place: Carmel, CA

Addresses: NYC, 1895-1929; Carmel, CA

Profession: Painter

Studied: Royal Acad., Munich, with F. Kaulbach and C. Raupp.

Exhibited: Boston AC, 1903, 1905, 1908, 1909; PAFA Ann., 1903-29; Corcoran Gal. biennials, 1907-37 (11 times); San Fran. AA, 1911; CI, Pittsburgh, 1912; NAD, 1913 (prize), 1921 (prize), 1926; NAC, 1914 (gold); Pan-Pacific Expo, 1915; Sacramento State Fair, 1916 (gold), 1936 (prize); Phila. AC, 1918 (gold); SC, 1923 (med.), 1930; AIC, 1923 (prize); Paris Salon, 1926 (hon. men.); Pomona, CA, 1930 (prize); Dallas, TX, 1930 (prize); Los Angeles, 1934 (prize); Springfield H.S. AA, 1935 (prize); Acad. West. Painters, 1936 (prize), 1937 (prize); Santa Cruz AL, 1936 (prize).

Member: ANA, 1910; NA, 1914; NYWCC; AWCS; SC, 1901; Artists Fund Soc.; NAC, Kunstverein, Munich; Allied AA; Calif. WCS; Bohemian Club; Société Int. des Beaux Arts et des Lettres, Paris

Work: PAFA; Ft. Worth Mus.; AIC; Detroit AC; CAM; Smithsonian; Monterey Peninsula Mus. Art; LACMA; Albright Art Gal.; Minneapolis AM.

Comments: Plein-air painter who came to U.S. in 1895 and settled in California in 1911, while continuing to exhibit on the East Coast and in Europe. He won international acclaim for his sea paintings and took many trips throughout the world, especially the South Seas.

Sources: WW47; Hughes, Artists of California, 470; P&H Samuels, 401-02; Falk, Exh. Record Series.