CHARLES REIFFEL (1862-1942)
A studied lithographer from a young age, Charles Reiffel came to painting later in life. Although he travelled extensively throughout Europe, Reiffel received very little formal training and was mostly self-taught. He completed several pieces under the WPA’s Federal Art Project, many of which are now housed at the Smithsonian. During his lifetime he exhibited throughout California and eventually settled in San Diego, where he was actively involved in the community’s developing art scene. Reiffel, often described as “America’s Van Gogh” by critics of his time, couples the stylization typical of lithography and textured Impressionistic brushwork with an Expressionistic intensity that has set his work apart from other California Impressionists.