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 Chris Ritter  (1906 - 1976)

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Lived/Active: Kansas/Maine/New York      Known for: figure, animal and landscape painting, graphics

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born Iola, Kansas on December 9, 1908, Chris Ritter was a painter and teacher.  He was a graduate of the University of Kansas, Lawrence; a pupil of Albert Bloch and Karl Mattern.  He studied at the Art Students League from 1933-36 with Richard Lahey and George Grosz, at Columbia University, and at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art.

He was an instructor of art at Hunter College from 1939- 41, at Cornell University in 1947, at Ballard School from 1947-53, and at the Midland, Texas. Art Center in 1954.

Ritter` opened and directed his own gallery, Laurel Gallery on 57th in New York from 1946-51.
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Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Modern Art; New York Public Library; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum; Cincinnati Art Museum; San Diego Art Center; Kansas City Art Institute; Corcoran Gallery; Library of Congress.

SOURCES:
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Sain, Lydia. Kansas Artists, compiled by Lydia Sain from 1932 to 1948. Typed Manuscript, 1948.; Newlin, Gertrude Dix (Development of Art in Kansas. Typed Manuscript, 1951); Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936- v.1=1936-37 v.3= 1941-42 v.2=1938-39 v.4=1940-47. 3, 4, 6, 7; Festival of Kansas Arts and Crafts. Catalog: Arts and Crafts of Kansas: an Exhibition held in Lawrence, Feb. 18-22, 1948 in the Community Building. Lawrence: World Co., 1948; University of KS Graduate Magazine (Dec. 1939); Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition (Kansas City: Kansas City Art Institute, 1920-1942 Mines, Cynthia. For the Sake of Art: The Story of an Art Movement in Kansas. s.l. Mines, 1979.) 1931; Philbrook
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

Biography from Papillon Gallery:
Chris Ritter was born in Iola, Kansas in 1908.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas and then went on to study at Columbia University and the Art Student's League in New York City.  He studied with George Grosz.  He was an art instructor at Hunter College and Cornell University and had several one-man shows in New York.  He also exhibited at the Chicago Art Institute.

Ritter exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum in 1939, 1941, 1943, and 1945 and at the Corcoran Gallery Biennial in 1939.  He also exhibited at the Denver Art Museum in 1938, for which he won a prize.  His other exhibitions include The Oakland Art Gallery and Museum, Boston Art Festival, Philadelphia, and Mississippi.

During WW II, he was an illustrator for the Air Force while in the army.  He was the director of the Laurel Gallery in New York until 1951.

He eventually moved to Oguinquit, Maine full time after spending several summers there at the art colony.  He designed the current Ogunquit Art Museum and his own home and studio.  Upon his death in 1976, the paintings in his estate were left to his widow Jane.

Ritter is represented in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Worcester Art Museum, the British Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art.


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