|People Sketching by the Shore, Robert Reid. |
Being an Impressionist portrait painter meant he could also paint landscapes.
|Tempting Sweets, 1924, Robert Reid, painted toward the end of his |
career when his portraits became less impressionist.
|A Woodland Stream, 1899, Robert Reid|
|Autumn Sunlight, Robert Reid|
|Lady with a Parasol, 1921, Robert Reid|
Four years later, in returning to New York, Reid found a position teaching at the Art Students League and the Cooper Union (competing schools, but that seemed not to matter). On the side, he expanded his repertoire to include murals and stained glass. In so doing, he found work at the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, specifically painting frescoes for the dome of the Liberal Arts Building. Then in 1897, Reid and ten other artists broke away from the Society of American Artists to form the Ten American Painters. In 1906 he became a full member of the National Academy of Design. Around the turn of the century, Reid worked on several mural projects, which affected his style. It became less Impressionist. Thus, when he returned to painting the lovely ladies around 1905, his work was more naturalistic (above, right and at top), his palette trending toward soft pastels shades.
|Three Figures in an Italian Garden, Robert Reid|
The refinement in Reid's painting style is no more evident as when Lady with a Parasol (above, right) is compared with his Three Figures in an Italian Garden (above) painted several years earlier. The latter has an academic quality which suggests it may, in fact, date from his four years studying in Paris. Most artists tire of painting the same type of work again and again (portraits in Reid's case) to the point they yearn to break free to something totally different. Being a New Englander, that may well be what we see in his Cornish Fisherman At Sea (below). Despite the reference to English fishermen in the title, the subject and style seems equally northeastern American. That's certainly the case with his Street Scene in Winter (bottom) which is obviously New York City in the 1920s. Though in retirement during that decade, Reid continued to paint right up to his death in 1929 at the age of sixty-seven.
|Cornish Fisherman At Sea, Robert Reid|
|Street Scene in Winter, Robert Lewis Reid|
|I couldn't resist adding this very|
uncharacteristic beauty. Why is
it so different? It's by Robert O. Reid.