Reynolds Beal

Artist, Visual Artist

1866 – 1951

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Who was Reynolds Beal?

Reynolds Beal was an American Impressionist and Modernist artist.

The elder brother of painter Gifford Beal, Reynolds was born in New York City. He and his brother Gifford spent their summers at Wilellyn in Newburgh, New York, on the Hudson River, and together they would later design the gardens at Wilellyn. His father was William Reynolds Beal, whose brother Thaddeus owned Echo Lawn, not far away. Beal 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.

Beal showed artistic ability from an early age. He first studied at Cornell University, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and the Irving Literary Society. Beal painted and sketched in and around Cayuga Lake. His home haunts of the East River were the first subjects of his work; in Sibley Hall’s drafting bays he learned further technique as a budding naval architect. Although the “Sibley time” constitutes his first artistic experience, it was not until the years following graduation that Beal became serious about a painting career.

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Born
Oct 11, 1866
Also known as
  • Reyn
  • The American Chagall
  • The American Van Gogh
Siblings
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Cornell University
Lived in
  • The Bronx
Died
Dec 18, 1951
Rockport

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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