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 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 Gorky and 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, Askart)
Reynals 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.
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