Reynolds Beal (Massachusetts/Rhode Island, 1866/67-1951) Impressionist pastel and colored pencil drawing on paper depicting a circus scene with performers, visitors, and a horse near a pond and a tree in the foreground, additional visitors and elephants in the middle ground, a truck and tents against a line of trees in the background below a cloudy blue sky. Signed top right. Housed under glass in a carved gilt wood frame with an off-white linen liner. Sight – 13 3/4" H x 16 3/8" W. Framed – 24 3/8" H x 27 1/8" W. American, early 20th century. Biography: The elder brother of painter Gifford Beal, Reynolds was born in New York City. Beal painted the beaches in Provincetown, Key West, Rockport, Atlantic City and Wellfleet, circus scenes and carnivals. He used a variety of styles including Impressionism and Tonalism. As he got older, his work became more complex and vibrant. In addition to oils, he was admired as a watercolorist, and he and Gifford made Rockport, Massachusetts their home. Beal traveled widely. In November 1944, Reynolds and Gifford had a large joint exhibition at the Fitchburg Art Center (now Museum) in Fitchburg, MA, which included eighty-three oils, watercolors, and etchings that had been executed all over the world with subjects including Singapore, Trinidad, Samoa, China, Nassau, Egypt, Haiti, Cape Ann, Atlantic City, and Provincetown. By 1934, he was a participant in the Salmagundi Club, Lotus Club, Century Club, National Academy of Design, and the American Water Color Society. He was also a member of the Society of American Engravers and the National Arts Council. His progressive tenets marked him as a "modernist", and he helped found 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, John Sloan, William Glackens, and Maurice Prendergast. CONDITION: Overall very good condition with waviness to paper. Not examined outside of frame.
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