The painting, "American Venus", was Julian Ritter's most famous nude
"The Trap" composed by Julian Ritter
As mentioned above, Julian Ritter was lost at sea for 89 days. He and his crewmates, Laurie Kokx and Winn Heiringhoff were without food for 40 days subsisting on an algae soup scaled from the sides of the hull.
"Silent Blue" composed by Julian Ritter
I agree! The idea of being lost at sea is terrifying. In 1970, Julian Ritter and two crew mates were adrift in the Pacific for 87 days – 40 of them without food. When rescued, they were just days from death.
Welcome to the website celebrating the Art and Life of Artist Julian Ritter. My name is Greg Autry. I was a friend and a patron of Julian's, as well as a collector of his work. I met Julian around 1982, when he lived in Summerland, California, with Laurie Kokx. I loved Julian and miss him dearly. Julian Ritter was an American painter who painted nudes and clowns and had an ill-fated Pacific voyage that nearly cost the lives of Ritter and his crew. Ritter's paintings were typically rich in color. His nudes celebrated the glamor and beauty of the Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1909, Julian Ritter grew up as a solitary youth, the only child of an aspiring Polish actress. His mother claimed his father was a Count, but she refused to reveal the man's identity. As a young boy, Julian entertained himself wandering the docks of Hamburg and dreaming of far off places. He discovered an early passion for art while sketching ships in the harbor. Julian's interest in drawing was encouraged by his teacher, and a recognized landscape painter living nearby.Note that the painting is signed "Julian Ritter" rather than "Julian". This, too, is a remnant of the Colson commissions: the company insisted that all of Julian's paintings be signed "Julian Ritter".
A true Artist at Work, Julian Ritter is shown here painting his famous portrait titled The Gibson Girl. Julian Ritter, known for his incredible nudes. A remarkable collection that once hung in the famed Silver Slipper, a long gone Las Vegas strip Casino and is reportedly worth of many millions of dollars.Visit , a comprehensive site dedicated to sharing the life and art of Julian Ritter. This site features photos of Julian, the 30-minute documantary “Julian Ritter: Palette of Passion” and high-resolution images of his paintings.