Arthur Beecher Carles (American, 1882–1952)
Notre Dame, circa 1907
Moonlight, circa 1908
The Church - 1908-1910
Moonrise - 1908-1912
French Landscape - circa 1910-1912
Landscape - Chateau Series - circa 1910
Clouds over Marsh, circa 1911
Chamonix - circa 1912
Landscape, Stormy Sky - circa 1912
, c.1912. Oil on canvas, 25.1 x 24 in
Church Spire (Ellsworth, No. 21) 1918-1922
Somewhere in France (also known as Voulangis) circa 1921
White Callas, 1925-1927
Nude with Red Hair
Arthur Beecher Carles (March 9, 1882–1952) was an American Modernist painter.
He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts between 1900 and 1907. He studied with Thomas Pollock Anshutz, Hugh Breckenridge, Henry McCarter, Cecilia Beaux, and William Merritt Chase. In 1907 he traveled to France where he remained until 1910. In France, he greatly admired the works of Cézanne and Matisse, and became close friends with John Marin and Eduard Steichen. He displayed six landscapes in the Salon d'Automne of 1908.
In March 1910 his work was included in the “Younger American Painters” show held at Alfred Stieglitz’s New York gallery, 291. Stieglitz gave Carles his first one-man show at 291 in January 1912.
He returned to France from June to October 1912 and exhibited at the 1912 Salon d'Automne. After his return to America he exhibited at the Armory Show of 1913. He taught at the Pennsylvania Academy in Philadelphia from 1917 to 1925 and taught privately afterwards. His later years were marked by bouts of alcoholism. In December 1941 he suffered a stroke that left him an invalid until his death in 1952. His daughter Mercedes Matter, also an artist and the founder of the New York Studio School, was married to photographer and designer Herbert Matter.