Artist Biography

1870 - 1960

Henry Leopold Richter was born in Plumenau, Austria on October 22, 1870. He immigrated to the United States in 1887 and settled in Chicago. He began painting without the aid of instruction and, upon securing employment with a commercial art company, enrolled at the Art Institute and studied privately with E. A. Burbank. After establishing a studio there, he began exhibiting at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1904. His work was favorably received by the local press and in 1911 he was asked to teach in Gunnison, Colorado at Western State Teachers College. During his eight years at that school, he took a leave of absence for further study at the Royal Academy of Munich with Professor Knirr. Richter taught at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1919 and the following year moved to Long Beach, California. He later established a studio in Laguna Beach where he gave lessons and became active in the local art scene. Upon retirement in 1939, he made his final move to Rolling Hills, California where he continued painting until his death on March 11, 1960. His oeuvre includes European scenes, California landscapes, and desert scenes in oil and watercolor. Exhibited: Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles, 1924-26; Los Angeles County Fair, 1925; California Art Club, 1925; California Watercolor Society, 1925-43; Palos Verdes Art Ass'n; Long Beach Art Ass'n; California State Fairs (awards); Pacific Southwest Exposition (Long Beach), 1928 (silver medal); Linder Gallery (Long Beach), 1931, 1938; Spectrum Club (Long Beach), 1932; International Aeronautical Show (Los Angeles), 1937 (bronze medal); Webb Gallery (Los Angeles), 1938; Laguna Beach Art Ass'n, 1939; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; San Pedro Art Ass'n, 1953. Works held: First Methodist Church (Long Beach); Religious Science Church (Redondo Beach); Children's Museum (Colorado Springs); Western State College (Gunnison, CO).

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