John Rettig

John Rettig

Birth
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Death 1 May 1932 (aged 73)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 74, Lot 43
Memorial ID 22765703 · View Source
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Artist. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of a German beer brewer. He took an interest in art at an early age, and when he was fifteen, Rettig began to paint frescos. He then studied at the McMicken School of Design (a division of the University of Cincinnati). Graduating in 1881, he also studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati with Frank Duveneck and Henry Potthast. Rettig traveled to Europe and studied in Paris with Collin and Courtois. As an artist, he was a painter, sculptor, muralist, and a theatrical set designer. With his younger brother, Martin Rettig, a fellow artist, he decorated and modeled Rookwood Pottery. Dubbed as the "Wizard of Scenic Creation", he was best known for his set designs, creating many open air pageants in Cincinnati, North Africa, and Mexico. In 1903, he traveled to Europe again and spent most of his time in Holland at a fishing village called Volendem, which later became his second home. Rettig was the president of the Cincinnati Art Club from 1890 to 1892 and again from 1908 to 1910. His paintings are on display in private and public collections around the world. He died at a hospital in Cincinnati in 1932 when he was 75 years old. His wife, May Evelyn Rettig, was also an artist. The bronze relief on his monument at Spring Grove Cemetery is one of his works.


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  • Created by: K Guy
  • Added: 8 Nov 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 22765703
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Rettig (5 Sep 1858–1 May 1932), Find a Grave Memorial no. 22765703, citing Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by K Guy (contributor 46886706) .