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 Jeanne Amelie Sills Reynal  (1903 - 1983)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: mosaic art, surreal view

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Jeanne Reynal, mosaic artist, was born in 1903 in White Plains, New York, and was part of the Abstract Expressionist movement in New York City in the middle of the 20th century.

Earlier, she had apprenticed with Boris Anrep at the Atelier, in Paris, France from 1930 to 1938, lived in California until 1946, and then settled her studio in New York City.

Jeanne Reynal explored the sensuality of surface with her work.  In searching for a means to a direct mosaic, she developed sculptures using a variety of materials cemented directly within a large structural form. Influenced by Arshile Gorky, Reynal did work that echoes the fluid lines and curves that Gorky's work turned to after moving away from cubist compositions.  Her sculpture emphasizes swelling, biomorphic shapes solidified in almost fossil-like constructions.

Her mosaics can be found in the Nebraska capitol building, the Baker Art Center in Liberal Kansas, and Martin Hall at Radford University.  She is the author of The Mosaics of Jeanne Reynal, 1969.


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Denise Morris, Art Appraiser from Kansas




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Exh: Walker Gallery (LA), 1940; SFMA, 1942-46; Whitney Museum (NYC), 1946; Mills College (Oakland), 1957; Parsons Gallery (NYC), 1959; NY University, 1961; Seattle World's Fair, 1962; Sheldon Museum (Lincoln, NE), 1965. In: SFMA; MOMA; Nebraska State Capitol (Lincoln); Whitney Museum; Denver Museum; Mills College (Oakland).
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Who's Who in American Art 1959-66; Social Security Death Index (1940-2002).
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Biography from Levis Fine Art:
Elaine de Kooning, Dore Ashton, Lawrence Campbell, Parker Tyler and Bernard Pfriem are just a few of the critics who have given acclaim to Jeanne Reynal.  Known primarily as a mosaic artist, Reynal had an important role in the Abstract Expressionist movement in New York as a pioneering mosaic artist, rediscovering the lost qualities of ancient mosaic and giving new meaning to the form through abstraction and its removal from architecture.  Yet her work is almost unknown to the collecting public.

Having apprenticed with Boris Anrep at the Atelier in Paris, France from 1930 to 1938, she settled into her studio in New York City in 1946.  Stable Gallery exhibited her work in the 50’s along with that of Robert Indiana, Joseph Cornell, Conrad Marca-Relli, Joan Mitchell, Isamu Noguchi, Cy Twombly, Jack Tworkov, and other important artists of the time.  In 1955, Reynal married talented colorist painter Thomas Sills.

Reynal explored the sensuality of surface with her work.  In searching for a means to a direct mosaic, she developed mosaics using a variety of materials cemented directly within a structural form.  Influenced by her close friends Arshile Gorky and Mark Rothko, Reynal created works that echoed the fluid lines and curves of Gorky's early works.  Her compositions emphasize swelling, biomorphic shapes, solidified in almost fossil-like constructions. (Denise Morris)

Reynal’s works are in numerous private collections and museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Denver Art Museum, The Ford Foundation, New York University and Phillips Academy.

© 2008 Levis Fine Art, Inc.


Biography from Anita Shapolsky Gallery:
Jeanne Reynal, mosaic artist, was born in 1903 in White Plains, New York, and was part of the Abstract Expressionist movement in New York City in the middle of the 20th century.

Earlier, she had apprenticed with Boris Anrep at the Atelier, in Paris, France from 1930 to 1938, lived in California until 1946, and then settled her studio in New York City.

Jeanne Reynal explored the sensuality of surface with her work.  In searching for a means to a direct mosaic, she developed sculptures using a variety of materials cemented directly within a large structural form. Influenced by Arshile Gorky, Reynal did work that echoes the fluid lines and curves that Gorky's work turned to after moving away from cubist compositions.  Her sculpture emphasizes swelling, biomorphic shapes solidified in almost fossil-like constructions.

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