Chester Beach (1881 – 1956)
Chester Beach, a renowned academic sculptor of figurative studies in bronze and marble, was born in San Francisco in 1881. He was included in many revolutionary exhibitions, including the 1913 Armory Show in New York City where he showed his piece “The Unveiling of Dawn”, which is now included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection. Beach was enrolled at the California School of Mechanical Arts, the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art, the École des Beaux-Arts, and the Academie Julian in Paris.
From 1910 to 1922, Beach taught sculpture at the Richmond Hill Settlement House and, in 1934, he worked as a drawing instructor at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design. He was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1908 before become a full member in 1924. He was also accepted into the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
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