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Artist Name:        Louis Ritman
Artist Dates:        1889 - 1963
Painting Title:      Happy Harvest
Painting Date:      Undated
Medium:             Oil on Canvas
Signature:            Signed & Estate Stamp
Provenance:       Private Collection
Condition:            Excellent
Size                     22 x 26
Frame Style:         Antique Worn
Artist Best Price:   $542,500
Offered At:           CALL
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Curator's Comments: Ritman’s voyage to America commenced when his parents emigrated
from Russia at the turn of the century. They left the village life of Kamenets-Podolski outside
Odessa for the immigrant experience of big-city Chicago. But it is important to realize that as a
painter Ritman’s journey to America was lifelong, taking him from the France of Monet’s
impressionism to the farmlands of southeastern Michigan and Minnesota—where he was to die in
Winona at 64. After studying in Chicago, Ritman moved to Philadelphia, the starting point for so
many American artists, and where he studied with William Merritt Chase. Like his compatriots,
Ritman went on to set sail for Paris in 1909 in order to enroll at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, where he
studied with Jean Paul Laurens. He also studied at another favorite studio of American expatriots,
the Academie Colarosi, but the turning point in his career was meeting Impressionist Frederick
Frieseke in Paris. Frieseke invited him to Giverny, where he first went in 1911, and from that time
his style changed rapidly from Academic to Impressionist. In Monet’s colony, Ritman worked
with both Frieseke and American impressionists Richard Miller and Lawton Parker, returning to
Giverny each year until 1929. He took his female subjects from Frieseke and posed them in the light-
filled windows and doorways favored by Miller. Parker was a strength in portraiture, and the result
for Ritman was a finely detailed impressionistic subject seen in a chromatic background with splashes
of color depicting Giverny’s radiant gardens. The work of this period is often intimate, or genteel,
as symbolized by the fact that Ritman’s outdoor plein-aire work was often done in his walled
garden, rather than among the willows and thatched farms strewn along the River Epte. As he
progressed he was more comfortable with color alone, and this can be seen in one of the very best of
his best Giverny farm scenes,
Happy Harvest, which shows us the paysage with its amber harvest. The
painting is a unique fusion that captures the agrarian beauty and harmony of the locale—the farm
and its crop are the natural result of human labor. Note that Ritman's top price has increased by over
$100,000 since we first posted this page.

In 1930, Ritman accept a teaching position at the Art Institute of Chicago and he resided in the city
for the remaining thirty years of his career. In this period his wife was a frequent subject, often
posed as a flapper with a cloche hat in an environment created with a single color in all its tonal
variations. Ritman exhibited at the: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the famous San
Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 and at the National Academy of Design,
along with shows and exhibits in Chicago’s art and museum world. Ritman’s U.S. summers
were spent among the farms and lakes of the Midwest, and he began to evolve a more unique and
Fauvist perspective to deal with the American landscape. It is of note that the Smithsonian chose
Ritman’s  
Michigan Landscape for its collection. These paintings are full of reflections, and
Ritman often imposed a heavy black lattice of tree trunks to frame splashes of strong color.  Here
Ritman is at his very joyous and American best. We like this late work so much that we recently
acquired two more from the estate, which we list below.
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Artist Name:        Louis Ritman
Artist Dates:        1889 - 1963
Painting Title:      Orchard Farm
Painting Date:      Undated
Medium:             Oil on Canvas
Signature:            Signed & Estate Stamp
Provenance:         Private Collection
Condition:            Excellent
Size Unframed:     25 x 32
Frame Condition:  Reproduction
Artist Best Price:   $542,500
Offered At::           CALL
Artist Name:        Louis Ritman
Artist Dates:        1889 - 1963
Painting Title:    After the Haying
Painting Date:      Undated
Medium:             Oil on Canvas
Signature:            Signed & Estate Stamp
Provenance:       Private Collection
Condition:            Excellent
Size Unframed:     25 x 32
Frame Condition:  Reproduction
Artist Best Price:   $542,500
Offered At:            SOLD
Just Added Late Period Farmstead--Top Value