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Artist Name: Reynolds Beal         Artist Dates:      1867 - 1951
Title:            Eddyville                   Painting Date:   1915
Medium:       Oil on Canvas         Signature:          Lower Right
Provenance:  Private Collection   Condition:         Excellent
Size:              30 x 36                     Frame:              Gold Antique
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Echo Bay, New Rochelle brought $107,000  in 1994
Curator's Comments: Reynolds Beal helped drive American impressionism as the 20th century
got underway. Like Lever and Lawson, he favored the Fauvistic direction, with its strong link to
the radical child like innocence of the American land. His Catskill Prospect focuses on Eddyville, a
toy town surrounding the captured meander known as Pond Eddy. The river is the Roundout,
flowing from the heart of the Catskills, into the Hudson at Kingston, whose back border is marked
by the New York Central railroad bridge. Eddyville is listed as Number 145 in the Sidney Bressler
Catalogue Raisonne.   

Matisse and Derain appealed to impressionists like Beal who fell in love with their use of raw color
and the simplicity of perspective favored by the Americans. Beal also studied their brushwork with
its frenetic choppy strokes. And Beal transcended his local influences, building on the use of color
that started with the tonalism he got from Henry Ward Ranger and the focus on light at the heart
of Childe Hassam's impressionism, with the two young men painting together at times.  In 1919 he
was selected with Hassam, Glackens and other prestigious painters to exhibit at the Luxembourg in
Paris.

The lower Hudson valley was ground Beal knew well having hiked it many a time while in long
residence from 1895 on at the family mansion called Wilellyen near Newburgh, New York, which
had an unobstructed hillside view of the Hudson. Beal was supported by his gas magnate father and
spent the golden years, as he called them, at home thru 1914. He was born in the Bronx in 1867
and spent his childhood exploring and sketching the East River. He studied ship design at Cornell,
and art at the Art Students League with John Twachtman and with William Merritt Chase at the
Shinnecock School. From 1900 to 1907, he painted almost exclusively at the artist's community in
coastal Noank, Connecticut with Henry Ward Ranger. After his break with Ranger in 1912, Beal
focused more on the Hudson River Valley. He was most active artistically from 1910 to 1920, and
his masterpiece Eddyville is dated 1915.

Beal 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. Later, Beal turned his focus on
Rockport and Gloucester in Massachusetts. His studio overlooked Rockport's Inner Harbor, and he
emphasized marine watercolors, and always his beloved traveling circus subjects, where he could
capture the child like aspects of clowns and performers.

But for Beal the ultimate master was Van Gogh, and he studied Walter Pach's book on the genius
along with everything he could see or read "Van Gogh," said Beal, "took the impressionist idea of
broken color to give light effect, and carried it farther by drawing in color." This is a difficult
statement yo understand, tyet it stands at the heart of Beals' art, with its almost refractory
technique that begins by reducing color value only to rebuild an overarching colorist unity--as in
the orchid and heliotrope and amethyst and indigo and violet of Eddyville--where everything comes
from red and blue.

Beal sailed often in the Caribbean, as his yachting scenes show. At sea in the tropics he was again
deeply challenged by the light and truly living color of the islands, which infused his Catskill works
as well. His most complex and vibrant works are composed with a mosaic of brush strokes and
literal streams of color. They are beautiful paintings in every sense of the word that celebrate
nature's own spectrum. We are proud to offer this beal gem that is so much a symbol of the artist's
earthly joy.
Reynolds Beal ca. 1920
Sandy Bay Regatta brought $76,000 in 2000
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