Louis Ritman (1889-1963)
Girl on Balcony
signed 'L. Ritman' (lower left)
oil on canvas
36½ x 29 in. (92.7 x 73.7 cm.)
Painted circa 1917-18.
The artist.
By descent.
Christie's, Los Angeles, 18 June 2003, lot 11.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
Paris, France, Salon des Tuileries, n.d. (as Le Balcon).

Lot Essay

Born in Russia in 1889, Louis Ritman would later become one of the leading American Impressionist painters of the early twentieth century. After studying in Chicago and Philadelphia early in his career, Ritman traveled to Paris for enrollment at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1909. Ritman spent much of the next twenty years developing his highly skilled and painterly style during extended visits to Giverny. Along with his contemporaries, Frederick Frieseke and Richard E. Miller, Ritman's work serves as a testament to the bold and important strides made by these artists in the mature years of American Impressionism.

This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Ritman's paintings by Richard H. Love and Michael Preston Worley (cat. no. 103).

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