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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Dwight Primiano.
Title:

Shipbuilding #1


Artist: Gifford Reynolds Beal (1879 - 1956)
Date: ca. 1940
Dimensions:
33 × 48 in. (83.8 × 121.9 cm)
Framed: 40 in. × 54 7/8 in. × 2 3/4 in.
Medium: Oil on board
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, Gift of the Estate of Gifford Beal, courtesy of Kraushaar Galleries, New York, 2008.21
Signed: l.r., in black paint: Gifford Beal
Not on View
Accession Number: 2008.21
ProvenanceBy descent in the family of the Artist; given to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 2008
Label TextThe style of this work is much more conservative than some of the other objects in this gallery. Born in a family of artists, Gifford Beal looked back to early impressionism and incorporated heavy outlines and bright areas of color into his painting.

While the depicted time period is unclear, the subject of the work relates to the surge in shipbuilding before and during the Second World War.

Beal had recently painted a series of murals funded by the Treasury Section of Fine Arts—a product of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Painted in a similar style, Shipbuilding #1 focuses on working figures and celebrates regional history and industry.
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