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Otto Ritschl

Work in the collection: Otto Ritschl, composition, 1954, oil on canvas, 80 x 100 cm

Otto Ritschl was a painter from Wiesbaden. In his first creative phase he turned to Expressionism, inspired by the works of Oskar Kokoschka. After a socio-critical interlude in the style of “New Objectivity” in the mid-1920s, he turned to contemporary art in France. During his stay in Paris he met Picasso and Max Ernst. In 1925 he destroyed the paintings he had painted up to that time and studied Surrealism and Cubism, in particular the works of Georges Braque. During National Socialism, Ritschl was one of the degenerate artists; he continued painting secretly during this period. After the war, Ritschl produced paintings that were influenced by Picasso and the Modernism of the 1930s. Finally, in the 1950s he found his personal abstract style of painting, which was based on stricter geometric constructivist forms. Towards the end of the 1950s Otto Ritschl detached himself from the austerity and clarity of his painting. The forms became softer, colourfully finely graduated transitions and differentiations found their way into his paintings. From about 1960 onwards, paintings with dominating seemingly floating coloured discs, so-called monochrome “meditation pictures”. But Ritschl continued to paint paintings with color fields, blurred soft cloud-like forms, which in the late work of the mid-1960s often had a bright colorfulness.

Born 1885 in Erfurt
Ab 1908 lives and works Ritschl in Wiesbaden
1918 he turns away from his activity as a writer, begins to paint
1920er Contribution to the contemporary art scene in France, trip to Paris
1925 destroys his previously painted works, deals with surrealism and cubism
1925 Foundation of the Freie Künstlerschaft Wiesbaden
From the 1950 Ritschl finds his way to a personal, abstract style of painting
deceased 1976 in Wiesbaden

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