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In 1977, I purchased 2 Rist prints in the virgin islands for $7. They are "Corsage" and "Peppers" both of which have been in my kitchen for the last 20 years. I was thrilled to learn more about him from your website. Thank you!
edgar woodward <email@example.com>
fairlawn, oh USA - Friday, December 19, 2003 at 22:17:04 (PST)
Very delighted to find this website, thank you.
We have 5 Luigi Rist prints which were given to us in the l960s by my uncle, Charles X Carlson. Three of the prints are titled: "Smoked Fish," "Pond Lily," and "Dry Corn." The fourth print is of five pears in brilliant greens and is untitled. The fifth has been framed for years and the matting hides the paper, so it may be titled. It is of two beautiful magenta roses among olive green leaves. At the time he gave me the woodprints, he said, "Hold on to these." But I had no idea they were popular.
Such a pleasure to read comments from people who knew my aunt and favorite uncle. It was always festive when they would visit in northern Minnesota, and also to at their home that was a converted mill in Nottingham, PA. I did not meet Mr. Rist that I recall, but it's possible, since Charlie and Lois had many guests all the time. He also had an art studio and I painted my first muddy watercolor next to the duck pond at the age of 8. We have watercolors by C.X. in the family; the ones I have are from his early trip to Latin America; he studied in Chicago, New York, Antwerp and Munich. Some of his work was published as illustrations in "Old Lancaster," a book in the Early America Series, Lancaster. This information is for the gentleman who asked about C. X. Carlson and those who either knew him or have relatives who did.
WI USA - Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 12:12:49 (PST)
I have actively bought and sold many Luigi Rist prints
over the last few years. I presently have eight or so
in stock. I am a member of the International Fine Print
Dealers Association. What a great site. I've had the pleasure to see many Rist prints, some very rare, that are in private collections in nearby Lancaster, PA. I serve on the board of directors of the Charles Demuth Museum in Lancaster, and we noticed last week that one local gallery recently got in 4 Rists that we hadn't seen before !
Great job, and your hard work shows through on the attention to detail.
J. Ember <firstname.lastname@example.org>
lititz , pa USA - Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 09:48:32 (PDT)
Great job on the web site! It's nice to see that avid Luigi Rist fans are alive and well. I was a neighbor of Luigi & Ida in the 1950s when they lived in the schoolhouse at Kirks Mills PA and was fortunate enough to acquire a dozen or so of his prints from his estate via C X Carlson after Ida's death. Twelve velum drawings for the blocks came with the Forbidden Fruit print as well as the printing flow sheets (50 impressions were required to make that print).
Leon Yost <email@example.com>
Jersey City, NJ USA - Sunday, June 01, 2003 at 17:04:59 (PDT)
09 Jan 2001
This is a wonderful site. I now have an appreciation for block prints! Joan Charles
P.S I really must correct myself. Rist did woodprints ... not block prints. Please excuse the error for I feel there is a big difference in the two forms.
20 Jun 2001
When I lived in Greenwich Village in 1941/2, I received one of Luigi Rist’s woodblock prints as a birthday present from a friend of mine, Samuel Horton, who told me that the artist was a friend and neighbor of his. The print, signed by the artist, is entitled “Sun Flower” and numbered 100 - 42 . My husband, Chuck Smith, framed the print and he and I have enjoyed the result, daily, for 57 years. Imagine our surprise when we punched in “Luigi Rist” and “search” and your web site came up. Thank you!!! Sincerely,,, Katherine Rippere Smith<firstname.lastname@example.org>
29 Oct 2001
What a joy to find this web site! Luigi was married to my great Aunt Ida (Stegner) and we visited them when I was a child at their homes in Pennsylvania and Vemont homes. After Ida died in the sixties, my parents bought the Vermont farmhouse which we used as a vacation home for many years. My family has several prints, and I just recently found a rolled up banner Luigi painted for Ida's birthday. More members of my family will be visiting soon.
04 Nov 2001
Ohh Boy...I once owned not 1 but 2 Luigi Rist Artworks - "Dried Corn" & "Brown Paper Fish". While I knew they were exceptional works, I had no idea that He was this revered. As a struggling Antiques Dealer, I sold the pair when my wife protested to my wanting to keep, rather than sell them. At least I can say they were mine for a short while....Joe Buchler - 2market antiques
03 Apr 2002
About 8 years ago my great aunt (formerly of Lancaster Pa.)gave me a couple of Luigi Rist prints for helping her move. She said that she had been aquainted with him and another artist from that area (the other being Charles X. Carlton).The years have gone by and my wife and I really haven't paid much attention to them. One day I decided to punch up the name Luigi Rist in a search engine and was pleasantly surprised to find this website along with a host of other information about the artist. The two prints that I have are "Bud and Lilly" - 150 edition and "Roses #2". The other artist(Carlton) doesn't seem to have as much information out there. I'd be interested in getting more if it's out there. I can be contacted by email at "email@example.com".Thanks in advance for any additional information on either artist and special thanks to Tom for creating and maintaining this website.
25 May 2002
I was thrilled to find you new Luigi Rist website. I own two prints by Luigi Rist - "Still Life" (150 Edition) and "Sprouts" (150 Edition). "Still Life" is a wonderful print showing a pear and two apples (one partially peeled) surrounded by a dish towel atop a wooden board. Beneath the brown paper backing is a piece of cardboard on which the following is written in what looks like Mr. Rist's own hand: "Still Life Luigi Rist RD 2 Nottingham Pennsylvania." "Sprouts" is equally appealing.
I found the two framed prints in an upscale New York City cancer charity shop, and purchased them immediately, although I did not have a place to hang them in my compact New York apartment. I did not know anything about the artist, but was immediately attracted to the fine artistry and remarkable workmanship of the two prints. I was told by the shop's proprietor that they had a number of other fruit/vegetable prints by the same artist that had sold quickly just days before. I probably would have bought them all if I had had the opportunity.
I knew Mr. Rist's work was special, and did some internet research on him a few years ago. What I found pales in comparison to your site. Thank you for the extraordinary work you have done. I know I will visit you website again and again.
Cathy Teufel O'Neill
30 Jun 2002
I was quite happy to come upon your site - so much great information about Rist and his work! We have four Rist prints - one of the "Fish Tank", another of the "Sunflowers", an unfinished (but interestingly signed by Rist) one of lily pads and flowers (not sure of the title on this one), and an unfinished and unsigned of "The Doily". They were acquired thru my mother-in-law, who was an artist in her own right and great friends with Charles X. Carlson for many years. She would frequently make the trip from her upstate New York home to Lancaster, where she would visit with Carlson and his wife Lois. She took the opportunity to buy the prints from Carlson, and subsequently gave them to us. They now hang in our home on the Oregon coast. Even after she herself moved to Oregon, she continued to correspond with the Carlson's and letters from Charlie are among her belongings. I have periodically tried to find information on Rist on the Internet but to no avail - I was absolutely thrilled to find your web site today! Linda Langer. P.S. I can be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org Linda Langer