Watercolor
WWII era

Watercolor 
WWII era

Watercolor
WWII era

Oil on Canvas
1971

Oil on Canvas
1964
Courtesy of the Warwick Public Library

Oil on Canvas
Circa 1960

Tempera
Circa 1954

Oil on Canvas
Circa 1962

Oil on Canvas
Circa 1965

This page contains an assortment of works by the late Karl R. Rittmann. The top row contains three works rendered during his service in World War II. He did many pencil sketches during this time, but did manage to produce some interesting watercolors when supplies were available. Later in his career he would often use watercolors for his preliminary layouts.

Karl R. Rittmann painted hundreds of portraits, usually on commission. However, several of his works were inspired by people he met, and events during his life. In row two is a waitress he met while on vacation in Curacao. The night after the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Karl began painting his well-known "Unfinished" portrait of JFK. Later he was commissioned to repeat the performance. This time the portrait was completed and is owned by the Warwick Public Library.

The influence of American Illustrators shows through in the third row. His father had been an illustrator for the Providence Journal and Karl admired the work of NC Wyeth, JC Leyendecker and Norman Rockwell. Both of the works in this row have a Saturday Evening Post flavor. The swimming pool scene was inspired from the neighborhood teens at play. A different season, but again it's the neighborhood kids at play that inspired the work of the disappointed sledders.

The final row once again demonstrates Karl's range. The work on the left captures the late night atmosphere of the "Duchess Diner", located in New Haven Connecticut. He made two "experimental" attempts at this one, and both with much success. In contrast, the work on the right is of a Midwest farm with the sun lighting up the golden fields and colorful buildings.

- Guy Rittmann -

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