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JulianRitterCentral is your community site to discuss the life and art of Julian Ritter. Ask a question. Tell a story in your own words. Share pictures of your Julian Ritter paintings.

For those new to Julian Ritter, he was a master craftsman who was overlooked largely due to his own failings including a failure to market himself, especially to the art community. He was best-known for his clowns and nudes and had many collectors throughout the U.S. West, especially California, Arizona and Las Vegas where he had paintings hanging in the Last Frontier, Desert Inn and Thunderbird hotels as well as the Silver Slipper Casino. He painted Hollywood royalty, gangsters' girls and tempting sumptuous nudes which were erotic but never vulgar.

He was equally talented when painting portraits, landscapes and what art historian, Phyllis Settacase Barton, referred to as "lifescapes" - deeply introspective works that captured the mystical and spiritual nature of man.

Julian also loved the sea and boats. He was also known for his star-crossed voyage of the Pacific - a voyage which nearly cost the lives of Julian and his two crew-mates.

Use the links at the left and you will learn much more about the man and his art.

Julian said:

"It's the accomplishment, it's the challenge."

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The Bimbo's 365 Club murals

Posted 22 May 2012, 8:15 PM   By BobS

Julian Ritter painted a series of nine murals for the San Francisco nightclub, Bimbo's, in 1951. You can read a bit more in the biography article at Woodland Hills–1951 To 1956 – JulianRitterCentral - A community site sharing the life and art of Julian Ritter.

Julian recalls the Bimbo's murals

Bimbo's was a famous San Francisco night club, which they wanted to redecorate in a nautical theme

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Julian Ritter dies on March 4, 2000

Posted 03 March 2012, 3:46 PM   By BobS

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…


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Julian Ritter: Depression and recovery

Posted 25 January 2012, 9:31 AM   By BobS

After Hilde's death, Julian Ritter descended into an inconsolable state. Among other things, he felt guilty for not having pressed Hilde to see a doctor sooner. Although the relationship was sometimes fraught with tensions, Julian loved his wife and losing her left Julian missing a part of himself. He could find no escape in painting as inventiveness and imagination were traded in for deep…

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Hilde Ritter died this day

Posted 22 January 2012, 12:05 PM   By BobS

After battling breast cancer for several years, Hilde Ritter succumbed to the ravages of the disease. She died in Julian's arms and the emotional trauma of his loss sent Julian into an emotional torrent that left him incapable of producing his art. He withdrew into a drunken stupor for some time.


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Green Monkey Redux II

Posted 21 December 2011, 6:10 PM   By BobS

Further evidence that Julian received the Green Monkey figurine in San Francisco


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Green Monkey Redux

Posted 15 December 2011, 12:14 PM   By BobS

We previously reported that the Green Monkey figurine was given to Julian by a ballerina in New York City while Julian was living there in 1941.

That or a similar version was supported by three different quotes from Julian:

The green monkey is my good luck piece. It's been on my house flag and on my boat flag. I got the green monkey in New York - it's always been my good luck piece ever since


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Green Monkey mascot

Posted 26 September 2011, 4:48 PM   By BobS

Some people have asked about Julian's "Green Monkey" mascot.

The "Green Monkey" painting was inspired by a figurine given to Julian by a ballerina in New York City. After Julian's successful shows at the the Newhouse Galleries and the Gallery of Modern art, he and his friend, Chick Rosenthal, stayed on in New York City. During this period, Julian started painting ballerinas from various dance…


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Why "JulianRitterCentral"?

Posted 08 August 2011, 7:25 PM   By BobS

Why do we need a site dedicated to Julian Ritter? When I went looking for some information on the artist and his paintings, I found a dearth of information. I found some online galleries who are either trying to sell his paintings or have done so in the past. I found a couple of other sites with limited static biographical information. I wanted something more.


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Julian Ritter Forum Posts

Help with identifying my 2…

By cmpryor · 5 posts

Last post: 15 May 2012, 3:58 PM

 

Two Separate Clowns on Maso…

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Last post: 27 April 2012, 3:41 PM

 

Two separate clowns on maso…

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Last post: 27 April 2012, 10:09 AM

 

Julian Ritter still life pa…

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Last post: 23 February 2012, 12:45 PM

 

Julian Ritter "Falling in L…

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Member's Comments

Chick Rosenthal

Posted 06 May 2012, 9:49 PM   By BobS

Thanks for posting this portrait of your grandfather (and Julian's best friend and wingman). As you know, Julian and Chick maintained a close friendship from the time they met while living in the apartment complex at 1749 N La Brea in Hollywood until Chick's…

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View video

Posted 28 April 2012, 8:06 AM   By daisymommy

I have just spent the last half hour intently watching this wonderful documentary of "Julian Ritter".  How exciting it would have been to really get to know and spend time with this incredible man.

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Green Monkey Redux

Posted 10 March 2012, 8:30 PM   By BobS

Julian was photographed with the Green Monkey figurine in 1939, posing in front of his Early California mural at the Golden Gate International Exposition.

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Posted 21 February 2012, 12:00 AM   By sorrelcanyonranch

This document is in remarkable condition -- how wonderful to have it as part of this collection.

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Unknown

Posted 11 February 2012, 2:12 PM   By Cher

I have had these paintings in my possession for almost 24 yrs and know little to nothing about them. Any information you are willing to share would be greatly appreciated.
They may be done on press board or pine board, I am not sure…

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Mon Cheri

Posted 10 February 2012, 1:37 PM   By BobS

Thanks for sharing your painting and the happy story that goes with it.

Julian was known to have painted the same image more than once but usually from memory so that there might be small differences in the…

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San Blas Home

Posted 07 February 2012, 2:55 PM   By BobS

Thanks for sharing this painting. It is definitely one of Julian's from his time in San Blas, Mexico.

Michael and Christine Ritter are reviewing it to see if it stirs any recollections from the time the family lived in San…

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Les Miserables

Posted 24 January 2012, 5:13 PM   By BobS

Thanks for sharing this painting. Both of Julian's children agree that this is definitely a Julian Ritter and that it is in its original frame. You have a striking painting and it is in beautiful…

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Hilde

Posted 19 January 2012, 8:42 PM   By CurtisR

He had such a way of capturing inned beauty. The depth of her eyes is amazing.

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Patter

Posted 22 November 2011, 4:57 PM   By BobS

Patter was not part of the Helter Skelter series of clowns reproduced by Clowns, Inc. in 1952. The original marketing brochure for the collection names the clowns as Helter, Skelter, Flim, Flam, Dilly, Dally, Willy and…

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Editors' Pick

Editors' Pick

Nude draped in pink
 


Recently added to the Image Gallery

Portrait of my Mom Jean (then) Rosenthal
Oil on canvas
22x32 inches

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Unknown
Oil on masonite
9x12 inches

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Unknown
Oil on masonite
9x12 inches

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Chick Rosenthal
Oil on canvas
22x32 inches

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Clown in darker shades
Oil on masonite
10x12 inches
1956
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Clown - Wedding present to Rosenthal's daughter, Gean
Oil on masonite
10x12 inches
1957
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Unknown
Lithograph
22x37 inches

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Unknown
Lithograph
22x37 inches

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Lost at Sea
Oil on canvas
48x60 inches
1972
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Mon Cheri
Oil on canvas
24X18 inches

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