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Artist Biography

 Born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Robert Reid began his artistic studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 1885 he departed for Europe and enrolled at the Academie Julian in Paris where he studied under Boulanger and Lefebvre. He found success in France, exhibiting annually at the Paris Salon and at the Paris Exposition of 1889. Reid, returning to the United States in the latter half of 1889, settled in New York City and began teaching. He taught at both the Art Students’ League and Cooper Union while exhibiting regularly and winning prestigious prizes such as the Clarke Prize in 1897, and gold and silver medals from the National Academy of Design.

Robert Reid was the American Impressionist best known for combining a graceful decorative approach with spontaneous plein-air methods. This aesthetic yielded many soft, yet vibrant cavases in which female figures are elegantly integrated into landscapes abundent with flowers. As a member of the group known as "Ten American Painters", Reid represented both its stylistic extremes. He experimented, along with the more avant-garde artists in the group to make his landscapes vivid and immediate, while he adhered to the academic tendencies of the more conservative members in his representations of the human form.

Robert Reid's paintings can be found in leading private collections and major institutions including:

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
Cincinnati Museum, OH
Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
Los Angeles Museum of Art, CA