DescriptionROBERT REID (American, 1862-1929)
Oil on canvas
25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm)
Signed lower left: R. Reid
THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST
Edward T. Pawlin, New York, December 6, 1966.
Robert Reid was an early practitioner of the Impressionist technique in the United States. After training at the Academie Julian in Paris, Reid became one of the founding members of the Ten American Painters, a group of Impressionists who rebelled against traditionalism and exhibited together for twenty years. Spring Stream is an outstanding example of Reid's most daring work as a landscape painter, so ethereal in its high-hues, values and little contrast of lights and darks that it most resembles a faint Japanese brush painting rendered with the most delicate tonal washes. Indeed, the evocative quality of near-values was something that Reid and his compatriot John Twachtman pushed much further than many other American artists in their paintings. As a fan of Tonalism, Graham Williford had tremendous appreciation for this approach to landscape. Spring Stream was an early acquisition in this vein.
There is an inpainted repair in the shape of a capital "I" just left of center where the ruddy brown area is in the composition. It measures about 3 inches by 3 inches. There are some isolated spots on inpaint in the lower right foreground.
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