1898 - 1994
Abut the Artist: An artist who spent time in California and Arizona, Fritz (Friedrich) was born in Vienna, Austria, and studied in Munich at the National Academy of Fine Arts and privately with Hans Tichy in Vienna as well as at the Vienna Imperial Academy and the Academy des Beaux Arts in Paris.
By 1932, he was a resident of Los Angeles, California, having spent many years in Argentina, and then moved to New York by 1938 but from 1936 to 1941, spent his winters in Chandler, Arizona.
"Always on the move, he followed portrait commissions all over the world until he settled in La Jolla, California. He died there on April 1, 1994." Source: Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940.
Note: This attribution is based entirely on the quality of the painting, the period of execution, and the fact that the painting was offered at auction in Portsmouth, NH. It's reasonable that this paitning could be from the artist's New York period. Interestingly, Max Werner, born in Belgium, worked for many years in Argentina before coming to the United States in 2003. Similarities in the two artist's work suggest Max might have been influenced by Fritz. Could they be related or is it just a coincidence that both men were European and lived/worked in both Argentina and the United States? Max has signed "M. Werner" in block letters; our painting is signed "Werner" with a stylized "W" and lower case letters (see image below).
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Rockport, MA 01966