Gifford Beal, Mayfair. 1913. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY.

“Gifford Beal was an American artist noted for his work as a painter, watercolorist, printmaker and muralist” (Wikipedia)…”Beal’s early work was extremely popular in both subject matter—leisure activities in charming settings—and in method: sparkling color and light carried by quick impressionist brushstrokes. Gradually, he moved away from the impressionist style learned from William Merritt Chase and adopted a broadly realistic style that he used to depict the rugged life that he observed on the New England coast during many summers spent by the sea. Muted tones, strong, thick brushstrokes, and simplified compositions characterize his works of mid career…Late in his career, Beal’s style became more forceful and expressive. His subjects were drawn from life in New York and from his exotic travels. In 1950, Beal wrote in a letter…’I am too old to do modern work. But I think I can at least keep it fresh and young looking…’”(Phillips Collection –