Gifford Beal (1879-1956)
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Gifford Beal (1879-1956)

Bass Rocks, Gloucester

Details
Gifford Beal (1879-1956)
Bass Rocks, Gloucester
signed 'Gifford Beal' (lower right)
oil on board
20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm.)
Painted circa 1923-30.
Provenance
C.W. Kraushaar Art Galleries, New York.
Private collection.
Christie's, New York, 26 May 1993, lot 162.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
Literature
V.A. Leeds, The Independents: The Ashcan School & Their Circle From Florida Collections, exhibition catalogue, Winter Park, Florida, 1996, p. 95, no. 71, illustrated.
J. Hardin and V.A. Leeds, In the American Spirit: Realism and Impressionism from the Lawrence Collection, exhibition catalogue, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1999, pp. 19, 21, 78, 84, no. 2, illustrated.
Exhibited
Winter Park, Florida, Rollins College, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, The Independents: The Ashcan School & Their Circle From Florida Collections, March 9-May 5, 1996, no. 71.
St. Petersburg, Florida, Museum of Fine Arts, In the American Spirit: Realism and Impressionism from the Lawrence Collection, March 21-June 13, 1999, no. 2.
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Lot Essay

Gifford Beal first visited Rockport, Massachusetts in 1923 and would continue to visit the seaside town through the 1930s. From here he would often travel the short distance to the artists' colony of Gloucester, where he painted the present work. Having studied with both Robert Henri and William Merritt Chase, Beal gravitated towards realistic depictions, vigorous brushstrokes and bold color in his compositions. According to Valerie Ann Leeds, "The elevated promontory in Bass Rocks, Gloucester gives the composition an unusual and striking formal structure. The figures create some sense of dramatic narrative as they overlook the grand view, yet the painting is more about nature and the contrast between the rocky Gloucester landscape and the sea." (In the American Spirit: Realism and Impressionism from the Lawrence Collection, exhibition catalogue, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1999, p. 21)
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