Skip navigation

Julian Ritter dies on March 4, 2000

Julian Ritter died on March 4, 2000 following a gradual decline in his health after suffering a debilitating stroke in 1985. Julian is remembered primarily as an artist who painted sumptuous, sensual nudes and clowns that evoked a sense of humanness and humanity in the viewer. But Julian was so much more: a husband, a father, a lover, an adventurer whose love of the sea almost cost his life in a star-crossed voyage of the South Pacific.

Although Julian is remembered mostly for his clowns and nudes, this artist who preferred to refer to himself as an "easel painter" also painted portraits which  conveyed the personality of the sitter, captivating landscapes, magnificent marine paintings and complex compositions which explored his spirituality and the meaning of life which author Phyllis Settacase Barton called "lifescapes." He worked his magic in other media too: pen and ink, conté crayon and watercolors. No subject matter seemed beyond his ability as an artist.

You can view our collection of Julian paintings by following the links in The Galleries. You can learn more about the man in the Biography section. You can also review some of the documents and pictures which fill in the and provide context for this complicated man who, in the end, was simply an under-appreciated artist who was indeed one of the true masters of the 20th century art.