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The American Impressionist painter and muralist, Robert Lewis Reid, was best known for his decorative style and focus on depictions of young women in flower settings. Although he is best known for his paintings, he also made a name for himself as a designer of stained glass and other art forms. His works are found in both private and public collections.

Born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Robert Reid studied art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts from 1880 to 1884. He was an assistant instructor for three years before moving to Paris to study under Gustave Boulanger at the Academie Julian. He exhibited his work in the Salon and at the Paris Exposition, and in 1889 he began work on the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition. He died in Clifton Springs, New York, at the age of forty-seven.

After leaving his first job as an assistant teacher at the Phillips Academy, Reid moved to Paris, where he met and studied with Jules-Jose Lefebvre. The two men fell in love and became close friends. They traveled to France and he was there when the Rockets called. In 1885, he shifted his focus to religious subject matter, responding to French Symbolism. He moved to New York the following year, where he found work as a portraitist. He took positions at the Art Students League and Cooper Union to help make ends meet.

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