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William Ritschel (1864-1949)
William Ritschel was born in Nuremburg, Germany, in 1864 and was educated there at the Latin and Industrial School. Early in his life, Ritschel joined the merchant marines and is said to have drawn inspiration for his artwork from his time roaming the seas. His art studies were at the Royal Academy in Munich. In 1895 Ritschel emigrated to New York and was quickly recognized for his exceptional marine paintings.
Though he kept a studio in New York, Ritschel moved to Carmel in 1911, where several years later he built a stone home-studion on the rocks of the Carmel Highlands, just south of Point Lobos. An exceptional impressionist whose finest works include the moonlit seas of Carmel Bay seen through the tall pine trees of the area, Ritschel was active on the Monterey Peninsula until his death in Carmel in 1949.
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