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Paul Ritter
Hudson River School Painter
German, (03/14/1829–1907)
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Paul Ritter was born in Nuremberg March, 1829 and died November 27, 1907. He received his formal training at the Dusseldorf School in Munich. In 1860, he traveled to the United States and established a studio in Vermont where he painted the Green mountain range. He later traveled to North Conway, New Hampshire to continue his studies and paint with the other artists he had met in Munich. He traveled throughout the eastern United States.

Influenced by Frederick Church's Andes paintings, Ritter joined a group of American artists on a trip to explore and paint in the Andes Mountains. Upon his return, Ritter found that the U.S. market for his tonal landscapes had diminished and he made the decision to return to Nuremberg.

1880 Gold medal at the Berlin Expo.

Nuremberg Museum
Berlin Museum

E. Benezit, vol.8 page 781
Thieme, U., Becker
Artists as Illustrators, 1800 to the Present
Index of Artistic Biography
Index of Artists

Roughton Galleries, Dallas, Texas
Courtesy to AskART from Brian Roughton
The following is from Claudio Ritter, Munich, Germany, September 2003:

The painter Paul Ritter was my great-great-grand-uncle. In our family-chronicle there is no mention of his having traveled to northern America. Following is data
from our family-archive:

At the age of four years after a disease, he became deaf. For the rest of his life he always needed support when communcating; therefore it seems very doubtful to me, that he spent several years out of his home. As far as we know he traveled through Europe, i.e. Austria, Bohemia, Italy, Denmark and France, but only for a few months.

He studied and worked together with his younger brother Lorenz, who was an
excellent and famous etcher. Both, Paul and Lorenz learned and studied with C. Heideloff in Nurnberg, a famous architect and art conservator of that time. In the 1850's, they both first worked in Stuttgart, then in Berlin and settled in their homecity of Nurnberg about 1860 and worked there from then on.

In 1889 Paul became an art professor. He also was president of the society of deaf
people for many years. His name is still un-forgotten in this circle.

The majority of his paintings thematize the history of Nurnberg, and some of them are exposed in the Germanische National Museum and in the Town Hall of Nurnberg.

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