National Museum of Women in the Arts
Edna Reindel
February 19 1894 - April 03 1990
Photograph of Edna Reindel in her studio, ca. 1942, by Charles Seeberg. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, USA. Library and Research Center Special Collections
Place of Birth:
Phonetic Spelling:
EHD-nah (r-eye-n)-DEHL
Minority status:
White non-Hispanic
Work Type/Media:
Drawings and prints, Painting, Sculpture
Artistic Role(s):
Draftsperson, Illustrator, Landscape Painter, Muralist, Painter, Portraitist, Printmaker, Sculptor, Still life Painter
American Regionalism, Other
Artist's Biography:
Edna Reindel was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1894. She developed her skills in drawing and painting at the Pratt Institute in New York from 1920 to 1923 and worked as a freelance artist and book illustrator. Her early still life and landscape paintings were noted for their surreal tendencies with shifts in pictorial space and the inclusion of unusual subjects in everyday settings. In 1926 and 1932, Reindel received Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship Awards and participated in her first exhibition at New York’s Weyhe Galleries in 1931 and first solo show at Macbeth Gallery in 1934.

During the Great Depression, Reindel received commissions from the Works Progress Administration for public murals and sculptures, and continued developing her artistic style of American Regionalism and subtle Surrealism. She moved to California in the 1940s where she began painting portraits of motion picture stars. In 1944, LIFE Magazine commissioned Reindel to paint a series entitled Women at War, depicting women welding and riveting for airplane assembly at the Lockheed bomber plant in California. These paintings were well-received and Reindel enjoyed continued success exhibiting portraits, still lifes, and landscapes from Martha’s Vineyard where she summered.

In her later work, Reindel expressed her fears surrounding the fate of civilization in the era of the nuclear bomb. The loose brushwork in these images approaches abstraction, and her looming figures and foreboding landscapes are rendered in a style Reindel described as Psycho-realism. Remembered for her unique style of painting, Reindel’s works are featured in a number of museums and private collections throughout the country.

Other Occupation(s):
Where Trained/Schools:
Pratt Institute, New York, NY, USA (1920-1923)
Related Visual Artists:
friend of Glen Michaels
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Medal, Beverly Hills Art Festival, City of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA, USA (1939) Medal, Art Director's Club, New York, NY, USA (1935) Fellowship Award, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, New York, NY, USA (1932, 1926)
Earliest exhibition:
Weyhe Galleries, New York, NY, USA (1931)
NMWA exhibition(s):
Preserving the Past, Securing the Future: Donations of Art, 1987-1997
Artist retrospective(s):
Edna Reindel American Magic Realist (1894-1990), Robert Henry Adams Fine Art, Chicago, IL, USA (1991)
Related places
Santa Monica (died at)