Walter Ratterman

Walter G. Ratterman (1887–1944), or W. G. Ratterman, was a twentieth-century American genre painter and illustrator. In the 1920s, he had lived and painted in New York, where the majority of his artworks and illustrations were published. He afterward moved and lived in Woodstock, New York from the 1930s. Ratterman's artwork was published in various American books and periodicals in the company of the 1910s to the 1940s. He was a zealot of the Artists Guild of the Authors' League of America.

The paintings by Ratterman were primarily genre works, in that they portrayed indistinctive people engaged in common events and depicted aspects of everyday life during the beforehand part of the twentieth century.

A good number of his paintings were painted "en grisaille" because they were used for reproduction as illustrations in books and periodicals prior to the start of four-color printing.

In supplement to books, the Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping, and Everybody's Magazine periodicals regularly featured his genre paintings.

His fellow artistic contemporaries included James Montgomery Flagg and Howard Chandler Christy.

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