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20th Century Paintings

Winter Sunset
Arthur Vidal Diehl (1870-1929)
Oil on Board

 

 


The Ferris Wheel  1935
Reynolds Beal (1867-1951)
Mixed media on paper

RALPH AND MARTHA CAHOON SOCIETY PURCHASE, 2004

Reynolds Beal was fascinated by boats and harbors and sailed all over the world, sometimes as captain of his own yacht. Before 1920, his travels frequently brought him to Cape Cod, where he’s known to have visited Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet and Orleans. After 1922, he settled on Cape Ann. In addition to maritime subjects, Beal loved to paint circuses. The theme occupied him for decades. This very fully realized drawing of the B&K Circus is filled with figures that, despite their featureless faces and shorthand bodies, come across with a real sense of identity. As he often did, Beal combined watercolors, colored pencils and crayons.

 

Cronies  1932
Martin Lewis (1881-1962)
Aquatint on paper

RALPH AND MARTHA CAHOON SOCIETY PURCHASE, 2005

Martin Lewis was an Australian-born artist who made more than 145 etchings and drypoint engravings over the course of his career. One of the first people to recognize his talent was his friend Edward Hopper, who asked him for technical advice on etching in 1915. During the period from 1925 through 1935, when he produced 81 of his known prints, Lewis was recognized as one of the major printmakers in the United States. In 1934, he co-founded a printmaking school in New York City, where he lived for most of his life. He also taught graphics at the Art Students League for several years. Lewis is especially known for his scenes of urban life, but created some stunning images of rural Connecticut when he lived in Newtown for a few years early in the Depression. These scenes are often set in the snow, which allowed Lewis to achieve dramatic contrasts in lights and darks. “Cronies” is actually a self-portrait of sorts. Martin Lewis is the man on the left; the taller figure is his son, Haden.

Woman Playing Guitar
Charles P. Gruppé (1860-1940)
Oil on Upsom Board

 

 


 

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