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Artist
Gifford Beal
Title
New York
Date
1916
Medium
gouache and watercolor on watercolor paper
Dimensions
Sight: 13 3/4 × 19 5/8 inches (34.9 × 49.8 cm)Framed: 21 3/4 × 27 1/4 × 7/8 inches (55.2 × 69.2 × 2.2 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Museum purchase.
Accession Number
1924.4
For Gifford Beal, New York City was a world of opportunities and Central Park a place where new painted scenes would unveil daily. The two works on view here reveal the important influences of two of Beal’s most significant teachers. Under the tutelage of William Merritt Chase, Beal learned to paint directly from nature, which resulted in his splendid rendering of watercolor and use of color filled with light. Beal’s work was also influenced by Robert Henri, leader of the Ashcan School, who was an avid believer in American art characterized by honesty and individuality. Henri once described Beal’s work by saying, “It seems to have been born of wit, and good humored love of people and things—a love song.”