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Martin Rettig (1869-1956) "Violets" Oil On Artist's Board 18" x 14" Framed /Circa 1920's-30's

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    Posted 5 years ago

    mikelv85
    (1156 items)

    My usual stop to Salvation Army on Mondays is generally uneventful. Today however I spied this little oil painting tucked in the book rack they use for empty frames and other odds and ends. I thought it was nice and the label on the back seemed to indicate that it had some age. So when I got home and typed in Martin Rettig on the computer. The search bar lit up with artist and painting references. I could not believe he was an important decorator for Rookwood along with his brother John. The paintings reflect his studies for many of the pottery designs he painted. There was even a very similar one to this that was auctioned at Humler & Nolan in Cincinnati in 2012. The label on the back is from the Cincinnati Art Club. He was president of the club from 1918-1920. The canvas panel is from the Rich Art Color Company founded in 1926. The backing papers logo on the other side is from Smith Alsop Paint which was first used 1924. So this painting probably dates from the late 20's to early 30's. It appears to be the original frame as well although I'm not terribly fond of it, kind of plain for my taste but a definite score as far as the painting goes to say the least. -Mike-

    Martin Rettig (1869-1956)
    The younger brother of John Rettig, Martin was well known as a painter and a Rookwood Pottery decorator. He worked at the Rookwood Pottery as a decorator from 1883 until 1885. As a painter, he specialized in floral pieces. Rettig studied with Duveneck and later was considered to be an authority on the works of the master. Rettig was the president of the Cincinnati Art Club from 1918 through 1920.

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    1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Here's the example that Humler and Nolan had for sale back in 2012...almost the twin to mine. :)

      http://humlernolan.com/Auctions/June-2012/Rookwood/1134
    2. Caperkid, 5 years ago
      Very nice!
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Roy :)
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Wonderful painting and excellent find Mike!!
    5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Scott...for once a documented artist that I could find and research. Really a pleasant surprise. :)
    6. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      I can't believe you found a painting so old, and from a known artist, in an op shop Mike. I find it beautiful.
    7. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Karen....I almost didn't buy it. I put it back on the rack first time around. On the second pass I hadn't found anything else so I figured what the heck it's only eight bucks. Then when I got it to the register my friend half priced it for me even though the sticker wasn't the right color. I still haven't learned to always listen to that little voice the first time around....lol :)
    8. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 5 years ago
      very interesting
    9. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks Kivatinitz :)
    10. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      I guess your little voice is a good one Mike. Mine, not so good. I still bring home so many duds:)))
    11. OneGoodFind OneGoodFind, 5 years ago
      Love this pic. You aren't lucky man, you are smart!! Great eye and passion. Love your posts!!
    12. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much OGF :)

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