Louis Ritman (1889 – 1963)
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American Impressionist painter, Louis Ritman was born in Russia, but later moved to Chicago with his family around 1900. Ritman studied at the Academie Julian and then later the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. While studying in Paris, Ritman met Frederick Frieseke who introduced Rtiman to Giverny and the artistic scene there. Ritman became enchanted with Giverny and approached a more subtle style of painting when painting the gardens of Giverny. His works were discreet, vivid, and reserved. Ritman later moved back to Chicago and taught portrait and figure painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. Later in his career he painted with watercolors and oils. Ritman’s work has been displayed at many American collections including the National Academy of Design.