"The Redhead"
oil on canvas
25" x 20"
Arthur Beecher Carles
1882-1952

        Philadelphia artist Arthur Beecher Carles was born in 1882.  He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under William Merritt Chase, Cecilia Beaux, and Hugh Breckenridge.  Despite Carles’ traditionalist training, the artist’s style evolved into a more modernist genre, and Carles became one of the pioneers of the Modern Art movement in America.

Carles was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Cresson Fellowship, the Lippincott Prize, the Stotesbury Prize, the Scheidt Prize, the Art Alliance Medal of Achievement, and medals from the Art Institute of Chicago.  His paintings are in the collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

Although Carles did not achieve nationally-known status as an artist previous to his death in 1952, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts held a retrospective exhibit of his work in 1983.  Thus, Carles’ contributions to American art have been reexamined.