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Documentation Signed
Origin United States
Period 1920-1949
Materials Oil on canvas
Dimensions
W. 36 in; H. 29 in;
W. 91.44 cm; H. 73.66 cm;
Condition Good. Great condition with no repairs or inpainting, minor craquelure in sky.
Creation Date 1921
Description A large and beautiful post-impressionist work with vivid colors and lively brushwork.
The painting is signed on the bottom left and titled and dated on stretcher and again on back of canvas.

Reynolds Beal, born on October 11, 1867 in New York City, was both a painter and an etcher. He was a man of independent means, and was thus able to devote his life to his art without having always to appeal to the tastes of his patrons or to contemporary trends. In fact, Beal was thought of as "one of the adventurous experimenters" of his day and was considered "Modernist". Today he is recognized as being an important American Impressionist.

Reynolds Beal began his education at Cornell University studying naval architecture. Although this constitutes his first artistic experience, it was not until the years following graduation that Beal became serious about a painting career.

Throughout the early 1890s he studied with William Merritt Chase at Chase's school in Shinnecock, Long Island. Later, he studied in Europe, spending most of his time in Madrid. Another facet of his education was time spent with his contemporaries, traveling with his younger brother Gifford, or with H. Dudley Murphy and Childe Hassam. He worked with Henry Ward Ranger on numerous occasions as well. Encouragement by their peers was an important part of their efforts toward artistic development.

Beal lived for many years in Massachusetts, both in Rockport and in Gloucester. His subject matter was often times scenes from these locales. Beal also took scenes from various places in New York, down the eastern seaboard all the way to Miami, Florida, focusing always on marine and boating subjects.

His work was well received when he began to exhibit late in the nineteenth century; he won many prizes. In 1919 he was chosen as one of the few Americans whose work was to be exhibited at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris, a great honor for an American artist at that time.

Beal was active in the art community. He was a member of the American Watercolor Society, the Society of American Engravers, the Salmagundi Club, National Arts Club, and in 1909 was elected an Associate Member of the National Academy of Design. Also, the progressive artist that he was, he founded the Society of Independent Artists and the New Society of Artists, which consisted of fifty of the most important painters of the day, including George Bellows, Childe Hassam, Maurice Prendergast, John Sloan, and William Glackens, to name just a few.

After the late 1920s, Beal was stricken with an illness and ceased to produce many paintings. His most prolific artistic period falls between 1910 - 1920. Beal died in 1951.


Biography from Pierce Galleries, Inc.
Reynolds Beal (American, 1867-1951):

Reynolds Beal was born in New York City in 1867, and he showed artistic ability from an early age. He first studied at Cornell University (naval architecture), but seriously studied painting with William Merritt Chase in Shinnecock, Long Island in the 1890s and then went to Europe to study with Henry Ward Ranger.

From the beginning, Beal's playful, sparkling, fun-filled, life-experiencing subjects were popular and he made a living painting. By the 1920s, he was known for his original, colorful and entirely delightful subject matter in oil, pastel/crayon and watercolor.

With his brother Gifford Beal (also a painter), H. Dudley Murphy and Childe Hassam, Beal painted and traveled. In 1919 he was selected with Hassam, Glackens and other prestigious painters to exhibit at the Luxembourg in Paris. He exhibited at the Clauson Gallery (NY) and Kraushaar Gallery (NY) as early as 1929 and by 1934 he was an active participant in the Salmagundi Club, Lotus Club, Century Club, National Academy of Design and the American Water Color Society.

Considered a "modernist," he helped found the Society of Independent Artists and the New Society of Artists with Bellows, Hassam, Sloan, Glackens and Prendergast.

Because illness prevented Beal to paint in oil as spontaneously as he would have liked, by 1940 he almost stopped painting, much to the dismay of the art world. Almost all of his work is signed, dated and often inscribed.

He adored the beach in Provincetown, Key West, Rockport, Atlantic City and Wellfleet, circus scenes and carnivals and many of his best works convey those themes. Often called "The American Van Gogh," because of his luscious thick avenues of paint and "the American Chagall" because of his playful subjects, Beal is one of America's finest impressionists.
Styles / Movements Impressionism
Incollect Reference Number 358731
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