Arthur Beecher Carles 1882-1952

Still Life with Irises

  • 46 3/4 x 38 inches (118.7 x 96.5 cm)
  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed lower right: CARLES

Why We Love It

Carles’s still life paintings are some of his most remarkable and important works. Still Life with Irises demonstrates Carles’s masterful ability to orchestrate luscious color harmonies, as he creates brilliant juxtapositions of blue-green, yellow, purple and red. Moreover, his dynamic fragmenting of the background prefigures his later groundbreaking abstractions.

The Value

Carles’s contribution to the modernist movement in the United States remains vastly under-recognized. The value of his paintings has not yet caught up with his importance in the history of American modern art, making works like this one an incredible buying opportunity. We believe that in the years to come Carles will get his due as one of the great American modernists.

Artist Background

1882: Born in Philadelphia, PA; 1900-07: Studied at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Thomas Anshutz, Hugh Breckenridge, Henry McCarter, Cecilia Beaux, and William Merritt Chase; 1905, 1907-10: Won PAFA Cresson Scholarships to study in Paris; 1908: Founding member of New Society of American Artists in Paris; 1917-25: Taught at PAFA, where he established the modernist curriculum with Hugh Breckenridge and Henry McCarter; 1920s: Instrumental in bringing exhibitions of modernist painting to Philadelphia, including in 1923 Contemporary European Paintings and Sculpture, which showcased Dr. Albert Barnes’s collection; 1941: Suffered stroke and fell down a stairwell, leaving him paralyzed; 1952: Died