Chris Ritter Pencil Signed Mid-Century Color Aquatint Etching Greek Goddess Athena in Paper Mat/Folder Unframed


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Title: Athena
Artist: Chris Ritter - (1908-1976) - American artist
Technique: Original Color Aquatint Etching
Dimensions: Sheet size - 10 x 11-1/8 inches, Image size - 6-7/8 x 8-3/4 inches
Mat size: 10-3/4 x 14-1/2 inches
Date Published: 1950
Edition Size: Limited Edition of 100 for Collectors of American Art.
Signed: Signed, titled, and dated in pencil by the artist
Reference: As owner of New York's Laurel Gallery, Ritter was well known in art circles as a publisher and artist. This work came from his estate.
Condition: Excellent Condition with only some old mounting tape in the upper corners.
Printing: A strong impression printed in black and blue ink on natural felt finish paper.
Presentation: Placed in an acid free paper mat/folder. Blank on the back, not laid down. Ships in a plastic archival sleeve.
Description: Although New York and Maine artist Chris Ritter is not well known today, we think collectors will begin to rediscover his very fine prints and paintings. They are skillfully done and represent a range of techniques and mediums.

"Athena" is one of a series of classical portraits that Ritter did of ancient Greek and Roman figures. In ancient Greece Athena was the goddess of wisdom, but she was also the goddess of war. Ritter shows her in a battle helmet as she is often seen in art and sculpture.

Ritter was a pivotal figure in the Avant-Garde scene in New York during the late 1940s. His Laurel Gallery, which closed in 1950, published a series of portfolios, including a set of etchings by Milton Avery. He also featured a show by painter Grace Borgenicht, who at Ritter’s urging, opened her own gallery after his closed.

Chris Ritter was born Lola, Kansas on December 9, 1908. He was a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he was 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.

Ritter was an art instructor at several U.S. colleges and universities and for a few years operated the Laurel Gallery in New York. Ritter's work and his gallery explored the Surrealist sensibility transplanted from Europe and given new life as it came into contact with popular culture in the United States.

Chris Ritter's work is represented in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, the Worcester Art Museum, the Brooklyn Art Museum, the British Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the NY Public Library, and the Library of Congress. He was featured in many one-many exhibitions in New York and other U.S. cities. During his life, he was listed in Who's Who in American Art; after his death, he was listed in Who Was Who in American Art.

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