An American in Paris: Donald Beauregard – Views from The Artist’s Street

An American in Paris

Donald Beauregard

Views from The Artist’s Street


Utah Landscape, 1914, Donald Beauregard
Utah Panorama          1914          Donald Beauregard

   It is at all times a delight to find the work of fantastic artists whose names could by no means have risen to the heights of the superstars of artwork historical past, however who need to be remembered for his or her invaluable contributions.

Milking Time, 1906, Donald Beauregard
Milking Time          1906          Donald Beauregard

   The New Mexico Museum of Artwork in Santa Fe is showcasing the work of Donald Beauregard (1884-1914) by way of October twenty second, 2023, in an exhibition titled “An American in Paris.” It’s intriguing to think about what instructions Beauregard’s spectacular work would have taken had he not died at age 29. He was unable to complete the well-known murals (six 10 x 12’ murals) within the museum’s St. Francis Auditorium (depicting the historical past of St. Francis, patron saint of Santa Fe), earlier than succumbing to abdomen most cancers.

   In his brief life, Beauregard, from a small city in Utah, traveled to Paris to review on the Académie Julian for 2 years, because of the patronage of Frank Springer. Whereas doing archaeological area research in Arizona and New Mexico with a College of Utah professor, Beauregard met Dr. Edgar Hewett, director of archaeological displays for the Pan California Exposition, and Santa Fe advocate. Hewett launched Beauregard to Frank Springer, an legal professional and humanities patron. Whereas finding out overseas, Beauregard additionally frolicked in Douarnenez, a seaside commune additionally frequented by Gauguin and van Gogh. The agricultural girls of the realm wore lace chapeaus often called coiffrées as within the picture beneath.  

Auvergne, ca. 1912, Donald Beauregard
Auvergne          ca. 1912          Donald Beauregard

   Museum Director of the New Mexico Museum of Artwork, Mark White writes, “That is the form of artist that Hewett thought was the epitome of the Santa Fe artwork colony. . . . He was professionally educated in Europe, he was experimental. (Hewett) actually believed Beauregard was the place the town ought to go.” Beauregard painted with an impressionistic hand, however was additionally vastly influenced by the work of Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh and the early works of Matisse.

   The New Mexico Museum of Artwork holds a big assortment of Beauregard’s work, over 150 work and drawings by the promising artist with a life reduce brief.

Portrait of the Artist, ca. 1910, Donald Beauregard
Portrait of the Artist
ca. 1910

An American in Paris: Donald Beauregard on the New Mexico Museum of Artwork

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