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Our submission for #FigurativeArtFriday (+FigurativeArtFriday ) sponsored by +Melodie Douglas and +Maude McDonald is another clown painting with a showgirl. This particular painting is a slight variation of last week's submission and was also painted in the early 1960s. The painting was part of Rudolph Axford's (one of Julian's major patrons and collectors) extensive collection of over 100 pieces of paintings, drawings and sketches.

Julian painted the 'clown with girl' painting probably about a dozen times — sometimes with the girl in tights and others with the girl nude — and with slightly varied poses (clown hand placement, clown head, etc). This series of clowns proved very popular and at least some of them were reproduced as prints while the originals went largely to Julian's collectors.

To see more Julian Ritter portrait paintings, please visit http://www.julianrittercentral.com/catalogues/category/image-gallery/clowns-gallery.htm


Clown with Showgirl #2
Oil on masonite
39x22 inches
Owner: Rudolph Axford Family
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Our submission for #FigurativeArtFriday (+FigurativeArtFriday ) sponsored by +Maude McDonald and +Melodie Douglas is a clown painting with a showgirl painted in 1963.

Julian painted the 'clown with girl' painting probably about a dozen times — sometimes with the girl in tights and others with the girl nude — and with slightly varied poses (clown hand placement, clown head, etc). This series of clowns proved very popular and at least some of them were reproduced as prints while the originals went largely to Julian's collectors.

To see more Julian Ritter portrait paintings, please visit http://www.julianrittercentral.com/catalogues/category/image-gallery/clowns-gallery.htm
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We've added a new section to the biography section of JulianRitterCentral.com: Mexico - late 1956 to early 1957.

We've added a new section to the biography section of the site telling about Julian's trip to Mexico with his family in late 1956 and early 1957. This trip was a significant point in Julian's life as he became both a better painter and enjoyed a closer bond with his family than he ever had before or would later.

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Our submission for #FigurativeArtFriday (+FigurativeArtFriday ) sponsored by +Maude McDonald and +Melodie Douglas is a portrait of one of Julian's patrons from the 1980s.

Julian Ritter painted this portrait of patron and collector Steve Shoemaker in 1980 at the Torito Road studio in Montecito. Shoemaker commissioned a number of paintings in the 1980s - mostly nudes - many of which are considered more erotic than Julian's usually very restrained and tasteful nudes and which Julian clearly described as "erotica" to distinguish it from his more mainstream pieces. You can find a fair number of these erotic pieces for sale on internet auction sites.

Although Julian had second thoughts about some of the erotic paintings he painted, he painted this portrait with a great deal of the typical Julian verve and it really captures the subject.

To see more Julian Ritter portrait paintings, please visit http://www.julianrittercentral.com/catalogues/category/image-gallery/portraits-gallery.htm
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We've added a new section to the biography section of JulianRitterCentral.com: Woodland Hills-1951 To 1956.

Julian Ritter moved his family from Hollywood to Woodland Hills, CA in 1951. In addition to a larger, more functional house, the move marked the beginning of real commercial success for Julian's art. After his first major sale to the Last Frontier Hotel on the Strip, Julian followed up with more work in Las Vegas, including painting a portrait of a Las Vegas mobster, ahem, casino owner. But this was just the beginning as Julian expanded his markets in San Francisco, Palm Springs and Chicago. Julian also lived an adventure as he and his brother-in-law, Stewart Potter, went to Mexico to mine uranium.

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We've added a new section to the biography section of JulianRitterCentral.com: Post World War II - Hollywood. This section covers Julian's return from fighting in Europe during World War II, He and Hilde settling into life in Hollywood and Julian's frequent flirtations with success with his eventual first major commercial success in Las Vegas when he sold the initial thirteen paintings that would become the core of the Silver Slipper collection housed in the casino of the same name and part of Bill Moore's Last Frontier Hotel and Last Frontier Village properties on the early Las Vegas Strip.

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Our submission for #FigurativeArtFriday (+FigurativeArtFriday ) sponsored by +Melodie Douglas and +Maude McDonald are a pair of clowns painted in 1972. Although Julian Ritter rarely painted single clowns at a larger size after the early 1960s, he painted these two sad-sack clowns as masters for a successful lithographic reproduction, one of Julian's most successful lithographic runs. There are many Leo and Jane prints floating around.

To see more Julian Ritter clown paintings, please visit http://www.julianrittercentral.com/catalogues/category/image-gallery/clowns-gallery.htm


Jane and Leo
Oil on masonite
30x15 inches
1972
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