Louis Ritman American, 1889-1963

Overview

Working alongside Richard Miller, Lawton Parker, and Frederick Frieseke, who were important members of the third generation of American artists in Giverny, Ritman abandoned his previous Academic style and inspired by the creative atmosphere in Giverny began to paint lovely young women in the sun-dappled outdoor gardens or in brightly lit interiors. In his examples, broken brushwork, dappled sunlight, and sophisticated handling of flesh tones which take on a translucent quality all represent a hallmark of Ritman's finest endeavors from this period. Such paintings are precious intimate works. They represent a more suggestive restrained approach to portraiture than his fellow artists.  

Exhibitions

Art Institute of Chicago, 1914

Lawton Parker’s Chicago Studio, 1914

Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.

National Academy of Design, New York

Panama Pacific Exhibition of 1915 (silver medal)

Macbeth Gallery, New York

Paris Salons

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Museums and Public Collections

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Institute

Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio

Frederich Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach

Oshkosh Public Museum, Oshkosh, WI

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Phoenix Art Museum

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Terra Foundation for American Art

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD

University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY

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