DescriptionGAMALIEL WALDO BEAMAN (American, 1852-1937)
Oil on canvas
12 x 18 inches (30.5 x 45.7 cm)
Initialed and dated lower left: G.W.B. 11/2 / JAN
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Landscape painter G. W. Beaman was drawn to rural, rather lonely out-of-the-way places. Although he spent most of his career painting the landscapes of Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire, he also traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee, Colorado, and the Sierra Madres in search of subject matter. He was a colorful character with an interesting biography. Born into poor circumstances in Westminster, Massachusetts, he had a studio in Boston on Tremont Street as a young man, and managed to take lessons from several artists. He attended Lowell Institute but found the curriculum too confining. He decided to travel to remote Northfield, Massachusetts where he lived with a hermit on a mountain and made paintings. His early paintings in this Connecticut Valley town many times were exchanged for board and room. At one point he was commissioned to paint a scene by Evangelist Dwight L. Moody. In 1878, he went to Paris for further study, having earned his passage abroad by escorting the daughter of a wealthy cousin and her mother to England, where the girl was to study. His return stateside was much less luxurious: he paid for his passage by working on a cattle boat.
Beaman was a regular exhibitor at the Boston Art Club during the 1870s and 1880s. He augmented his art sales by operating an Americana shop in Princeton, Massachusetts and earned the nickname of "Antique" Beaman. His paintings have a wonderful directness and careful attention to color. The present work, for example, shows careful observation in the way the pink glow of the sunset reflects in the icy patches of snow.
Lined canvas. Under UV examination painting appears to be in original condition. Framed Dimensions 14.5 X 20.5 Inches
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