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Winter Evening in the Railway Yards

Charles Reiffel, American, (April 9, 1862–March 14, 1942)

Creation date: 1910
Creation place: United States

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Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Watercolor on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Alfred R. Mitchell
Accession Number: 1977.17
Dimensions: 10 1/8 in. x 13 3/4 in. (25.72 cm x 34.93 cm)


Alfred Richard Mitchell, San Diego, California ( - November 1972)

Mrs. Charles Reiffel, San Diego, California (March 14, 1942 - )

Mrs. Alfred Richard Mitchell, San Diego, California (November 1972 - April 9, 1977)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (April 9, 1977 - )

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October 18, 2014
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director of Collections & Exhibitions
Charles Reiffel
American • 1862–1942
Winter Evening
in the Railway Yards
Watercolor on paper • 1910
For Charles Reiffel, recognition as a painter was late in coming. A native of Indianapolis, he spent much of his career as a lithographer, but his true interest was painting. Other than a brief stint at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany, he was largely self-taught. After his return from six years working and studying in Europe, he continued employment as a lithog- rapher while slowly establishing a reputation as a painter. After a dozen years painting in Connecticut, Reiffel settled perma- nently in San Diego in 1925 at age sixty-three and proceeded to become one of the leading figures of the plein air school of landscape painting in Southern California, developing a unique style that blends aspects of Post-Impressionism and Expressionism.
Gift of Mrs. Alfred R. Mitchell
Last Updated: 12/19/2019


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Second Nature: Four Early San Diego Landscape Painters San Diego Museum of Art , 6/1/1991 - 8/18/1991

Mastering the Medium: American Watercolors from the Museum's Collection, 1870– San Diego Museum of Art , 11/16/2002 - 1/19/2003

Charles Reiffel: An American Post-Impressionist San Diego Museum of Art , 11/10/2012 - 3/31/2013

Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/10/2012 - 2/10/2013

American Visions: Place and Identity The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/18/2014 - 3/17/2015


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. Second Nature: San Diego Museum of Art/Prestel-Verlag. San Diego, California/Munich, Germany, 1991
Page Number: 174, Figure Number: 76


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