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Gifford Beal
The Path of Light
oil on canvas
Canvas: 20 1/4 × 30 1/4 inches (51.4 × 76.8 cm)Framed: 27 1/8 × 37 1/8 × 2 9/16 inches (68.9 × 94.3 × 6.5 cm)
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Gifford Beal drew his inspiration from his deep love for his native New York City and his summers spent in Rockport, Massachusetts. When he was just twelve years old, Beal studied art with renowned American Impressionist William Merritt Chase. He graduated from Princeton University in 1900, and then returned to New York where he studied under Robert Henri and adopted the aesthetic of the Ashcan school. Henri described Beal’s work as being “born of wit, and good humored love of people and things—seems to have come forth spontaneously—a love song.” Beal became president of the Art Students League in 1914 and served in that capacity until 1929. Throughout his long career, Beal received countless awards and commissions, gaining well-deserved recognition for his contributions to American art.