Beal’s extensive travels brought him to Puerto Rico in 1921, where he sketched the island’s harbors and villages, and was so inspired by the tropical palette and charming residents that he returned for several winters thereafter.
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A result of the 1921 trip, this snapshot of a street vendor and his customers done near San Juan’s marina demonstrates the artist’s expressive brushwork and serves as a chronicle of bygone times.
Free of financial constraints due to his father’s business success, Beal was able to paint full time and travel throughout his lifetime, exploring the waterways of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the Caribbean, the North and Western States, the Far East and Europe. On his numerous trips between 1900 and 1920, he was often accompanied by such noted American Impressionists as Childe Hassam, Ernest Lawson, Hermann Dudley Murphy, Henry Ward Ranger, and his youngest brother Gifford Beal – a highly respected painter himself and a constant source of encouragement.
Estate of the artist
To Royal Galleries, Englewood, New Jersey, 1968
Eventually to private collection, Duluth, Georgia, until 2012
Royal Galleries, Englewood, New Jersey, Reynolds Beal estate label, signed by Sidney Bressler, stating that the artwork was purchased directly from the estate of the artist by Royal Galleries in August, 1968, with Artist: Reynolds Beal, Title: “Puerto Rico,” Date: 1922 - watercolor 15” x 22” / Cat. #2033