DescriptionDICKSON REEDER (American, 1912-1970)
Portrait of Joe Harris, circa 1938-1939
Oil on canvas
26 x 17 inches (66.0 x 43.2 cm)
Estate of Flora Blanc Reeder
The Fort Worth Gallery
Earl Weed III
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, February 16, 2008- May 11, 2008 (label verso).
In 1931, Fort Worth native Dickson Reeder went to New York to study portraiture with Wayman. He moved to Europe in 1936 and eventually settled in Paris, where he met his future wife, Flora Blanc. In 1940, the couple settled in Fort Worth, where they quickly became two of the central figures in a group of mid-century modernists known as the Fort Worth Circle. Dickson's entry into the 1941 Local show, The Shannon Children, quickly established him as one of the most avant-garde and popular portraitists in Fort Worth during this period.
In Portrait of Joe Harris, Dickson Reeder demonstrates why he is such a celebrated portraitist. In 2008, this portrait was included in an exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum titled Intimate Modernism: Fort Worth Circle Artists in the 1940s, as one example of the level of brilliance that Reeder, who did not always enjoy painting portraits, could achieve when he felt an affinity toward his subject. Joe Harris was an intimate of the Fort Worth Circle and friend of the artist. Therefore, the final product captures so much more personality and spirit than your average portrait. It is a stunning example of Reeder's modernist approach to traditional subject matter. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a painting that has been lauded greatly by both scholars and collectors.
Stretcher creases visible; linear line of in-painting along the upper left stretcher edge; two minor spots of in-painting to the right of figure's left shoulder; spot of in-painting on the lower center stretcher edge; minor chip on figure's right arm; otherwise in good condition. Framed Dimensions 29.5 X 20.75 Inches
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