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Midcentury Abstract Chicago Cityscape Signed Oil Painting by Lee Reynolds



A large midcentury signed oil painting by Lee Reynolds (Vanguard Studios) of a Chicago street scene on an overcast day. The painting has the perspective from one end of the street with pedestrians walking under the canopy of the red brick buildings, which are typical of Chicago's architecture, to protect them from the elements with the larger high rise buildings of the city in the distance. The painting's been created with layers and different painting techniques of soft pastel greys, blues, greens and whites. The painting has a thin gold frame and is in good vintage condition with no punches, tears, dents, repairs of any kind. I would recommend a professional clean to bring the painting back to its original glory but this isn't completely necessary.


  • Creator
    Lee Reynolds (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 48.43 in. (123 cm)Width: 60.24 in. (153 cm)Depth: 13.78 in. (35 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Minor fading.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2660311980621

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About the Artist

Lee Reynolds

Lee Reynolds Burr (1936–2017) opened his Vanguard Studios in Beverly Hills, California, in 1964 to make oil paintings an attainable decoration for any American household. With seascapes, nautical scenes, still lifes, bullfights, cowboys, pastoral views, hot-air balloons, horse races and abstractions, there was a Vanguard Studios creation to match any taste and interior.Born in Los Angeles, Burr studied art at the University of Southern California. After graduating and a stint in the U.S. Army, he worked in a local studio as a painter before becoming a home decor entrepreneur with financial support from his mother.Only a fraction of the alleged hundreds of thousands of oil paintings produced by Vanguard were actually painted by Burr, even though they were signed “Lee Reynolds,” “Lee Burr” or just “Reynolds.” (As he would later state, those signed solely “Lee Reynolds Burr” were by his own hand, and he would sometimes include a thumbprint as proof.) Instead, a team of artists organized in an assembly line hand-painted and copied works on an eclectic range of subjects, the originals often being created by Burr while other canvases were purchased at auctions in Europe and reproduced at Vanguard. Sold in furniture stores and through interior decorators nationwide, the Reynolds-signed paintings soon became ubiquitous above couches in living rooms all over the United States.These paintings regularly mirrored art-world trends, such as the Abstract Expressionism of the 1960s, but at prices that were much more affordable than fine art. Vanguard Studios was sold to the Kirsch Company in 1974, but Burr’s name was still used on Vanguard paintings. Burr would start East Park Gallery in 1981 and continue to produce works in a more contemporary style until his retirement in 1998.Find a collection of Lee Reynolds paintings on 1stDibs today.
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