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Edna Reindel

Theme/Style – American Magic Realism, Regionalism, Surrealism, still lifes, portraits

Media – Oils, murals, sculpture

Artistic Focus – Using a sophisticated glazing technique reminiscent of van Eyck and other Renaissance painters, Edna Reindel created still life compositions with a sense of three-dimensionality and a heightened focus. Her precise style and deft handling of the brush, combined with the use of clear, rich color and concise form, produced works known for their impressive clarity and level of detail. A major force in American Magic Realism, Reindel's paintings often featured an unconventional cropping of space, a trademark of the hyper-realistic style in which she worked, and an unusual visual perspective contributed to a mysterious psychological dynamic in her work.

Career Highlights –

• Reindel studied art at the Pratt Institute in Detroit, Michigan.
• She held her first one-woman show at New York's Macbeth Gallery in 1934.
• Reindel worked for the Federal Art Project of the WPA, completing a number of murals on commission from 1937 to 1942.
• Her work was exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and at the Carnegie International (1937-1949).
• Her work is currently included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.