Colorado & Regional Art

The Needles, Estes Park, Colorado

The Needles, Estes Park, Colorado

Year 1921

Artist Robert Lewis Reid (1862–1929, American)

Media oil on canvas board

Dimensions 16 x 12 inches

Born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts on July 28, 1862, Robert Lewis Reid spent his childhood in Andover, Massachusetts, as well as in Hartford and Westfield, Connecticut. His artistic training included time spent at the School of Painting and Drawing of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1880, as well as at the Art Students League in New York in 1884, and at the Académie Julian in Paris during the fall of 1885. In 1893, Reid created mural paintings for the pavilions of the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the Paris Expo, the Pan-American Expo and the St. Louis Expo. Reid’s academic training played a large role in establishing himself as an artist, and he continued this tradition by teaching at the Art Students League and Cooper Union Art School in New York City. Reid was also a founding member of the Ten American Painters, a group associated with the American impressionist movement. He taught at the Broadmoor Art Academy from 1920 to 1927 and was inspired by the idyllic outdoor setting in Colorado Springs, painting a series of nocturnes featuring the Garden of the Gods. Reid suffered a stroke in 1927 that left him partially paralyzed. He spent the last two years of his life in a sanatorium where he learned how to paint with his left hand. He died on December 2, 1929.

ON VIEW in Promenade Gallery 2

Signature Signed "To ERS, Robert Reid, Estes Park '21" lower left corner

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2008.0329