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Chester Beach

 (1881 - 1956)
Chester Beach was active/lived in New York, California / Italy.  Chester Beach is known for allegorical and mythological figure sculpture, medallist-coins.

Chester Beach

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Chester Beach, born in 1881 in San Francisco, was an academic sculptor of the figure in both bronze and marble, and he also designed coins.  Characteristic works include The Glint of the Sea, a bronze of a nude young woman with arms raised; and the bronzes The Fountain of Waters, Sun Drawing the Waters, and Earth Receiving the Waters, in an outdoor setting at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio. Beach worked on Earth and Sun in Rome, Italy in 1929.

Beach exhibited his twenty-six inch high, The Unveiling of Dawn, at the historic 1913 Armory Show on Lexington Avenue in New York City.  A Rodinesque sculpture of a male nude embracing the amorphous form of dawn hazily emerging from the marble, it is now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

Beach studied in California at the California School of Mechanical Arts and the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art and in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Academy Julian.  He was a teacher of sculpture at the Richmond Hill Settlement House from 1910 to 1922, and in 1934, a drawing teacher at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design.

A pamphlet on the artist's work, "Sculpture by Chester Beach," featuring a biography and twelve images of his sculpture, was published in 1937 by Brookgreen Gardens, Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Chester Beach was elected to the National Academy of Design as an Associate in 1908 and an Academician in 1924.  He died in 1956.

Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store
Chester Beach was born in San Francisco, CA on May 23, 1881. Beach began his art studies at the Mark Hopkins Institute and, in 1904, continued in Paris at Académie Julian under Verlet and Roland. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1907, Beach settled into a studio in NYC.

He returned to his native city to execute sculptures for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. His contribution to the fair included three large groups on the main tower and Court of Abundance. By the time of his death in August 1956, he was a member of the National Academy of Design and internationally known.

Académie Julian, 1905 (medal); National Academy of Design (New York City), 1907, 1909, 1926 (prizes);Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, 1915 (silver medal); National Arts Club (New York City), 1923 (1st prize), 1926, 1932, 1934; Arch. League of NY, 1924 (gold medal); Art Institute of Chicago, 1925 (gold medal); California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1929; NSS, 1938; NY Worlds Fair, 1939.

Art Institute of Chicago; Brooklyn Museum; Cleveland Museum; AT&T Bldg. (NYC); Newark (NJ) Museum;California Palace of the Legion of Honor. American Art Annual 1907-33; Who's Who in America 1918; SF Call, 5-17-1908; Who's Who in American Art 1936-53; Contemporary American Sculpture; Art in California (R. L. Bernier, 1916); American Sculpture (Stover); N Y Times, 8-8-1956 (obit).

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About  Chester Beach

Born:  1881 - San Francisco, California
Died:   1956 - Brewster, New York
Known for:  allegorical and mythological figure sculpture, medallist-coins