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 Edward Marion Rinaldo  (19/20th century)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: portrait, battle scenes

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The following is from Donna Manahan, who found this writing by Edward Rinaldo on the back of a painting she owns by him:

The Value of Portraits in Oils

All lovers of true art must deplore the degradation which has overtaken it in these latter days. Many worthy heads of families are daily being imposed upon by morons calling themselves artists, who supply them with crayon or water-color portraits of themselves or their near and dear ones, at a price so low as to make them think they are getting a wonderful bargain. All who know anything of art will tell you that this is the worst kind of economy in the long run. The cheap crayon and water-color portraits, made by pretended artists from common solar prints, will not last; they soon fade away. The very object aimed at in securing a portrait at all is defeated. Cheap portraits of this class fade away, even before the death of those they purport to represent, and children, when they grow up, have nothing to remember their parents by in after years.

There are no everlasting and enduring paintings but those done in oil. The great masterpieces, done by the old masters, only exist now BECAUSE they were done in oil. Oil paintings descend from generation to generation as heirlooms in the family, and serve to remind grand-children and great-grand-children of what their forefathers looked like in life. What speaks more naturally to the heart of a child than a life-like portrait of a parent. The mere contemplation of the features of father and mother, as they were in life, leads to a nobler and purer life. We should have much fewer criminals had they such reminders always in view.

It should also be borne in mind that the style or locality of an artist's studio is no guarantee of his work. Michael Angelo and Millet, two of the greatest painters of ancient or modern times, inhabited humble abodes. These great artists displayed no flaring signs upon their studios. Their work alone spoke for them. All their work was in oil and has endured through the ages.
N.B. The application of a little Pale Drying Oil, once a year, will serve to keep my paintings always fresh, and to preserve their texture to time immemorial. I will also show the drawing on the canvas before commencing the painting so that it may be seen that it is hand drawing and no solar.

As evidence of the character of my past work, I take pride in referring to the portraits of the late W. T. Coleman, the well known merchant; Peter Donahue, the Iron King; Marvin Donahue, his talented son; Baron and Baroness von Schroeder; Dr. Decker, the popular dentist; O.H. Hund, the eminent physician; Chris. Bauer, the famous hop merchant, along with other distinguished citizens, too numerous to mention.

Orders Taken At Showrooms,
425 FOURTH St., Bet. Harrison and Bryant Sts.,
or 36 Ellis St., San Francisco, Cal.

Edwin Marion Rinaldo
Portrait and Battle-Scene Painter.

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Rinaldo was a resident of San Francisco in 1887-98 and Oakland in 1902. He advertised as a portraitist but was known for his battle scenes. After the earthquake of 1906, he disappeared.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
City Directory; California State Library (Sacramento).
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