''Spring In The Mountains'', back country, San Diego County, signed lower right: Charles Reiffel, signed again twice and titled twice verso, signed and titled again on the stretcher, signed again on the frame, dated verso: 1927, oil on canvas, 25'' H x 30'' W, est: $30,000/50,000
Exhibited: Stendhal Galleries, Los Angeles, CA, exhibition of Reiffel's work, 1927, possibly; Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA, ''Masterpieces of San Diego Painting: Fifty Works from Fifty Years, 1900-1950'', March-June 2008. Literature: B. Dijkstra, ''Masterpieces of San Diego Painting: Fifty Works from Fifty Years, 1900-1950'', Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA, pp. 88-89, illustrated; R.L. Pincus, ''With 'Masterpieces,' beefed-up museum in Oceanside is off to a fine start'', San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego, CA, March 9, 2008. Note: In his catalogue for the exhibition, ''Masterpieces of San Diego Painting: Fifty Works from Fifty Years, 1900-1950'', Bram Dijkstra writes of the present painting, ''[T]here is a celebratory quality about this work that is truly contagious. Reiffel makes the mountains roll and shout with color and vitality. The stark blues of the mountain flank serve to punch up the pinks, oranges, turquoises and greens in the foreground, and the painter's stringy brushstrokes surge and dance in a raucous celebration of the rites of spring. This work also clearly demonstrates the affinity of Reiffel's work to the later paintings of van Gogh. The wide, loose, parallel rills of paint in the foreground and the chunky parallel 'chips' of color with which he builds up the rocks in the middle distance and the mountain in the back, are very close in their spontaneity and immediacy to those of the Dutchman, though certainly not nearly as obsessively organized. One could say that where van Gogh imposed his will on nature, Reiffel let the rhythms of nature run free '' (B. Dijkstra, p. 88). Art critic Robert Pincus, reviewing the exhibition in the San Diego Union-Tribune, mentions this painting: ''As Western as the scenes look in 'Spring in the Mountains' (1927) and 'San Diego Back Country' (circa 1934), they appear to pull from influences as varied as van Gogh and German Expressionism'' (R.L. Pincus, San Diego Union-Tribune, March 9, 2008). Together with the exhibition catalogue: ''Masterpieces of San Diego Painting: Fifty Works from Fifty Years, 1900-1950''. Provenance: Humberston's Antiques, San Diego, CA; Private Collection, Carlsbad CA, acquired from the above, 1975
Visual: Generally good condition. Craquelure throughout. Blacklight: Touch-up throughout the sky upper center and upper right.