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 Arthur Edwaine Beaumont  (1890 - 1978)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: watercolor ship and harbor scene painting, military artist

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BIOGRAPHY for Arthur Beaumont
1890 (Norwich, Norfolk, England)
1978 (California)


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Born in Norwich, Norfolk, England, Arthur Beaumont became known for his watercolor paintings of ships and harbor scenes, although he also painted scenes of landscapes, figures, and portraits.  He became a World War II war artist, documenting naval battles that were published in "National Geographic".  After the war, he did watercolors of naval actions in Japan, China, Guam, Vietnam and the Antartic.  In 1989, a book, Arthur Beaumont, Naval Artist was published, and it was a documentation of his life and art.

He was raised in England and then went to Saskatchewan, Canada at the age of 19.  He worked as a ranch hand for a few months and then moved to California where his earliest paintings show his experiences on cattle farms in the San Joaquin Valley.

In his early 20s, he studied at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute, the University of California at Berkeley and the Los Angeles School of Art and Design.  He also studied in Paris, and in 1932 became an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Until 1977, he was fleet illustrator and taught at Chouinard Art Institute.  He lived in Los Angeles excepting in Laguna Hills the last ten years of his life.

Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940
Gordon McClelland and Jay Last, California Watercolors 1850-1970

Biography from VALLEJO GALLERY, LLC, Marine Art Specialists:
Dedicated naval officer and marine painter Arthur Beaumont enjoyed an association with the United States Navy that spanned nearly five decades.  His classical training as an artist and his fascination for the sea and its vessels gave him the unique opportunity to record history and create fine works of art simultaneously.

Born in England, Beaumont emigrated to the U.S. in 1909 where he studied at the San Francisco Institute of Art.  He continued his education at the L.A. School of Art and Design and the Chouinard School where he won a scholarship to continue his art studies at the University of London.  In Europe he also studied at some of the finest art schools in France, Belgium and Holland.

In 1932 a portrait of Vice Admiral William Leahy so impressed the admiral, he asked Beaumont to create paintings of the U.S. fleet, and offered him a commission.  For the next forty years as the navy's official war artist, Beaumont painted America's great battle fleets from WW II through Vietnam.  During the last years of his life, Beaumont painted from his home in Laguna Hills, California.

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