Roundout, New York, June 3, 1915
Roundout, New York, June 3, 1915, 1915
Crayon on Paper
Permanent Collection 2014.01.01
Reynolds Beal found recognition as a painter and etcher. A man of independent means, he was able to devote his life to his art without having always to appeal to the tastes of his patrons or to contemporary trends. In his day, Beal was considered a modernist; today he is recognized as an important American Impressionist.
In the years following graduation from Cornell University (where he studied naval architecture) Beal became serious about a painting career. He studied throughout the early 1890s with William Merritt Chase at Chase’s school in Shinnecock, Long Island. Later, he studied in Europe, spending most of his time in Madrid. He also spent time traveling with his younger brother, Gifford, and his fellow painters such as H. Dudley Murphy and Childe Hassam.
When he began to exhibit late in the nineteenth century his work was well received and won many prizes. In 1919, he was one of the few Americans whose work was selected for exhibition at the Luxemburg Museum in Paris.