Blue Hills, Los Gatos, ca. 1943

Marques Edwin Reitzel (1896-1963)1940/1945

History San José

History San José
San Jose, United States

Reitzel's son, Marques R. Reitzel, described how his father would create "exhibition" paintings, typically 5' x 7'. "He first sketched his composition in charcoal, and then created a separate watercolor to decide colors. Once the colors were chosen, he went back and filled in a stain of color over the charcoal sketch with oils. When he achieved what he wanted, he went ahead and finished the painting. He was able to achieve some incredibly vivid colors."


  • Title: Blue Hills, Los Gatos, ca. 1943
  • Creator: Marques Edwin Reitzel (1896-1963)
  • Date: 1940/1945
  • Location: Los Gatos (Calif.)
  • Physical Dimensions: Oil on canvas, 23 x 25 in.
  • Provenance: Courtesy Leonard McKay Collection

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