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Landscape painter, lithographer, Charles Reiffel was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 9, 1862. Reiffel worked in Cincinnati for the Stowbridge Lithography Company and later continued in lithography in New York and England. While in Europe, he studied briefly with Carl Marr at the Munich Academy, but was essentially a self-taught painter. After six years in Europe, he returned to Buffalo, New York shortly after the turn of the century and continued in the lithography business. It was during this period that his modern approach to painting began to attract favorable notices. In 1912 he purchased a home in Silvermine, Connecticut while continuing to commute to New York to tend to his lithography business. About 1921 Reiffel abandoned lithography to devote full-time to easel paining. In 1925 he and his wife, Elizabeth Frances Flannagan, visited San Diego and were so enchanted with the area they opted to remain. His Southern California landscapes brought him national acclaim before his death in San Diego on March 14, 1942.
Member: Arts Club of Washington, DC; Buffalo Society of Artists; California Art Club; Chicago Galleries Association; Cincinnati Art Club; Connecticut Society of Artists; Contemporary Artists of San Diego; Indiana Federation of Artists; Laguna Beach Art Alliance; Salmagundi Club; San Diego Art Guild; Silvermine Group of Artists; Allied American Artists; Hoosier Salon; North Shore Art Association.
Exhibited: Buffalo Society of Artists, 1908; Art Institute of Chicago, 1917; Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915; International Exposition, Pittsburgh, 1922; Stendahls, Los Angeles, 1927; California State Fair, 1930; California-Pacific International Exposition, San Diego, 1935; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939.
Awards: dozens from 1908.
Works Held: San Diego Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Phoenix Municipal Collection; Santa Cruz Art League; Memorial Junior High School, San Diego.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.