A plein air work of outstanding composition and color, this painting by Charles Reiffel ranks amongst the top five percent of his work. Depicting a leisurely artists outing off the noted San Diego harbor entrance, its warmth resonants with smartly blended hues and tones.
Reiffel deftly distributes interest to each element present with his loose brush and divergent application of textures. Prominently featured is a woman artist, under a blue & red shade umbrella, also painting a canvas of the surroundings. The path leads to another woman artist and a third standing person in dark blue. The graceful lines of the waiting yacht and the other inanimate objects impart individual characteristics which add to the work. The not-so-distant hills carry Reiffel’s signature horizontal rolled lines, a feature in a majority of his known work.
An added bonus which lends to this painting’s charm is the special inscription and letter verso. Written in the artist’s own hand, the painting was gifted to Miss Beatrice Delock Krombach on April 9, 1930 - a birthday which she shared with the artist - and was given that October to her sister, Mrs. Cohen, with the artist’s “sincere regards”.
Inscribed Verso: To Miss Beatrice Delock Krombach with greetings from Mr. and Mrs. Reiffel, April 9 1930.,
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