Pair of 19th Century Palatial Oil on Canvas Paintings Signed
19th century palatial oil on canvas paintings signed Paul Ritter (1829-1907). Each in magnificent gilt carved and detailed frame depicting Arabs on horseback fighting. The 2nd frame is a touch smaller at 58″ width by 38.5 height. The pair having been touched up and relined gXAX Prov. A fine Greenwich CT Home. Paul Ritter was born in Nuremberg, Germany on May 4, 1829 and died on November 27, 1907. He received his formal training at the Dusseldorf School in Munich. In 1860, he travelled to the United States and established a studio in Vermont where he painted the Green mountain range. He later travelled to North Conway, New Hampshire to continue his studies and painted with the other artists he had met in Munich. He travelled throughout the eastern United States painting in the White Mountains and the Hudson River Valley. Influenced by Frederick Church’s Andes painting, Ritter joined a group of American artists on a trip to explore and paint in the Andes Mountains. Upon his return, Ritter found that the U.S. market for his tonal landscapes had diminished and he made the decision to return to Nuremberg. He received a Gold Medal at the 1880 Berlin Exposition. His works are preserved at the Nuremberg Museum and the Berlin Museum.