American (1869 - 1956)
The son of a Cincinnati brewer, and younger brother of John Rettig, Martin Rettig was born in 1869, and was well known as a painter. Rettig studied with Duveneck at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He later became known as an authority on the works of Duveneck. He was one of the first decorators at Rookwood Pottery, from 1882 through 1885. He worked primarily in Limoges with a Japanesque style typical of Rookwood at the time. Rettig was the president of the Cincinnati Art Club from 1918 through 1920. He passed away in 1956 leaving a large body of floral oil paintings as his legacy.