28E Jobs Lane Southampton, NY 11968 United States 631.204.0383
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Documentation Signed
Origin United States, New York
Period 1900-1919
Materials Oil paint on canvas
W. 18 in; H. 12 in; D. 1 in;
W. 45.72 cm; H. 30.48 cm; D. 2.54 cm;
Condition Very good
Creation Date Circa 1915
Description Here for your consideration is a well executed nocturnal painting by Richard Dey DeRibcowsky. The light from the lighthouse on the hill beautifully illuminates the sea. Signed lower right. Condition is very good. Circa 1915. The painting is housed in a custom gold leaf gallery frame 18 by 24 inches. Provenance: Long Island, New York estate.

Richard Dey de Ribcowsky was born in Rustchuk (now known as Ruse), in Bulgaria, on 13 October at the age of 13, rather than go to military school, de Ribcowsky travelled to Paris to begin his formal artistic training. He would continue his studies in Florence and, in 1902, in Petrograd, where he won his first award for his work. In 1904, he travelled to Argentina, where he founded the Buenos Aires Academy of Beaux-Arts. He continued to travel extensively as a young man, exhibiting and winning prizes for his work as widely as Montevideo (1908), Odessa (1909), Rio de Janeiro (1909), Moscow (1910) and Sofia (1910), developing a burgeoning reputation as a talented painter, particularly of maritime scenes and seascapes.

In 1910, de Ribcowsky moved to the United States of America, settling in New York City. However, his move to the United States did not curb his wanderlust, as he turned his attention to the rich variety of the American landscape, including cityscapes of New York City, sweeping panoramas of the Grand Canyon, the Chihuahuan desert of Texas, sun-dappled views of the Californian coastline and Redwood forests.

De Ribcowsky developed a particular connection with southern California, and settled in Inglewood in the early 1920s. By this time, his work had achieved substantial commercial success, with a number of his paintings reproduced as extremely popular lithographs. From the early 1930s, his paintings even began being reproduced as jigsaw puzzles.

His paintings demonstrated a remarkable handling of light, which de Ribcowsky achieved through a self-taught technique he termed ‘Reflex Style’. This technique focussed on the way natural light carries and bounces colours off different objects, blending tones and illuminating them to produce a naturally brilliant palette.

A car accident in 1931 left de Ribcowsky wheelchair-bound. It seems that he was still able to travel to a degree, as the records of the Society of Independent Artists, a New York based artists’ association founded in 1916, indicates that in 1933 he was staying at the Beacon Hotel, New York. However, he spent his final years living in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. His paintings were on permanent display and for sale in the public rooms of the hotel, and quickly became popular with Hollywood’s elite, as the Ambassador Hotel was home to the glamorous Cocoanut Grove nightclub, frequented by such stars as Errol Flynn, Katharine Hepburn and Clark Gable
Styles / Movements Luminism, Realism
Incollect Reference Number 358036
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