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Robert Reid
Lush Spring

Oil on canvas
30 x 25 inches


Oscar Adler

(American, 1863-1929)

Robert Reid is one of the most sought-after American Impressionist painters. He was a noted National Academician and a leading member of “The Ten” American Painters (1898) and is best known for his landscapes.

Reid was born in Stockbridge, MA in 1862 and studied at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1880-1883) becoming an assistant professor of art. He also studied at the Arts Students League (NY, 1885-1889) and the Academie Julian in Paris under Boulanger and Lefebvre. He exhibited annually at the Paris Salon and in the 1889 Paris Exposition and returned to NYC in that year and became an instructor of art at the Art Students League and the Cooper Institute and painted frescoes of the domes of the Liberal Arts Building for the Chicago Exposition. Among his awards are: the Clarke Prize, 1897 (NAD), First Hallgarten Prize, 1898, National Academy, gold and silver medals at the Paris Exposition (1900, France).

Reid’s work is represented in more than 80 museum and public institutional collections including the Library of Congress (Washington, DC), Appellate Court House, NY; MA State House, Boston; Paulist Fathers Church, NY; Fine Arts Palace, San Francisco; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Boston’s Museum of Fine Art; Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC; National Gallery, Washington, DC; and museums in Minneapolis, Omaha, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Lincoln, NB, Richmond, IN and many more. He was a member of the National Academy, National Institute of Arts & Letters, Ten American Painters and more.

Reid’s finest period of painting was from 1890-1919, during which time he painted outdoor subjects in thin, delicate washes of oil on canvas. In the 1920s he contracted polio and was paralyzed on one side, which forced the artist to switch painting hands, after which time his work becomes erratic. Nevertheless, he made a substantial living painting until the time of his death at his home in Colorado Springs, CO in 1929 and he was recognized as one of the world’s foremost Impressionist painters (see Patricia Jobe Pierce, The Ten, Rumford Press, 1976).