Robert Reid (1862–1929)
Robert Lewis Reid was one of America’s most celebrated Impressionists, whose work changed the course of nineteenth-century painting. Reid studied at the Boston Museum School and the Academie Julian in Paris, where he developed his cosmopolitan approach to portraiture and landscape. Back in New York, he became one of the founding members of the Ten American Painters, the group at the head of the American Impressionist movement. The Ten included John Henry Twachtman, J. Alden Weir, Frank W. Benson, and Childe Hassam; Reid was the figurative specialist in the group. He painted prominent murals for several world fairs and won countless honors over the course of his career, including prizes from the National Academy of Design, medals from the Corcoran Gallery Biennials, and the gold medal from the Paris Exposition of 1900. Today, his work is in the nation’s best museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and The White House.