Man Sketching

by James Carroll Beckwith (1852–1917)

Pastel on paper laid down on canvas
34¼ x 19⅛ inches (sight size)
Signed lower right: Beckwith

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Provenance
The Jordan-Volpe Gallery, New York, New York
Private collection, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Joan Michelman, Ltd., New York, New York
Private collection, New York
Joan Michelman, Ltd., New York, New York
Private collection, acquired from above, 1987

 

Exhibited
Wunderlich & Co., New York, New York, Second Exhibition of the Painters in Pastel, May 7–26, 1888
Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, New York, Intimate Revelations: The Art of Carroll Beckwith (1852–1917), December 1, 1999–January 15, 2000

 

Literature
“Professor of Pastels,” New York Times, May 5, 1888, 4.
“The Pastel Exhibition,” Art Amateur 19 (June 1888): 3.
Pepi Marchetti Franchi and Bruce Weber, Intimate Revelations: The Art of Carroll Beckwith (1852–1917) (New York: Berry-Hill Galleries, 1999), 54, 55, 83, 142.

 

Note: This pastel was likely executed on the artist’s trip to Andé, France, in 1882. The work depicts the French genre and landscape painter Alexis-Marie Lahaye (1850–1914) who spent the same summer in Andé painting outdoors and boating on the Seine.

Artist Biography

James Carroll Beckwith enjoyed enormous success as a landscape, portrait, and genre painter in the late nineteenth century. Beckwith trained at the National Academy of Design before joining the atelier of Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran, the famous French portraitist, in Paris. It was there that Beckwith developed his graceful, impressionist style. Beckwith’s work also bares the influence of his lifelong friend John Singer Sargent, with whom he shared a Paris studio. Beckwith and Sargent assisted Carolus-Duran in painting a ceiling mural in the Louvre in 1877, and Beckwith went on to win prizes at the Paris Salon, medals at the Paris

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James Carroll Beckwith enjoyed enormous success as a landscape, portrait, and genre painter in the late nineteenth century. Beckwith trained at the National Academy of Design before joining the atelier of Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran, the famous French portraitist, in Paris. It was there that Beckwith developed his graceful, impressionist style. Beckwith’s work also bares the influence of his lifelong friend John Singer Sargent, with whom he shared a Paris studio. Beckwith and Sargent assisted Carolus-Duran in painting a ceiling mural in the Louvre in 1877, and Beckwith went on to win prizes at the Paris Salon, medals at the Paris Expositions of 1889 and 1890, and gold medals at the Atlanta Exposition of 1895 and the Charleston Exposition of 1902. His paintings can now be found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, and the New York Historical Society.

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