A modernist landscape
painter and lithographer who became prominent in California, Charles
Reiffel was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Early in his career, he
worked in Cincinnati for the Stowbridge Lithography Company.
He studied briefly with Carl Marr in Munich and, mainly self-taught, traveled for six years throughout Europe, sketching and studying in museums. He did commercial art in England and then worked as a lithographer in Buffalo, New York, and in 1912 in Silvermine, Connecticut where he purchased a home. About 1921, he abandoned lithography for easel painting.
In 1925, he and his wife went to Southern California and were so taken with the countryside, they moved near San Diego. His landscapes of southern California brought him fame, and he also painted the Grand Canyon and other Southwest landscapes. He died in San Diego on March 14, 1942.
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