(Rockport, Massachusetts, 1867 - 1951)
Born on October 11, 1867 in New York City, Reynolds Beal became a prominent East Coast marine and landscape painter. 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. He had a great interest in yachting and did numerous maritime subjects. He studied naval architecture at Cornell University and painting at William Merritt Chase's Shinnecock Summer School in the 1890s. With his younger brother Gifford Beal (also a painter), H. Dudley Murphy and Childe Hassam, Beal painted and traveled, going to Europe to study with Henry Ward Ranger.
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.
Beal used a variety of styles, including Impressionism and Tonalism, and as he aged, his work became more complex and vibrant with a mosaic of brush strokes. In addition to oils, he was admired as a watercolorist, and he, along with Gifford, made Rockport, Massachusetts their home. His studio overlooked Rockport's Inner Harbor, from where he drew and etched many harbor scenes. 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.