On August 16, 2019, Lial Jones celebrated 20 years
as director and CEO of the Crocker Art Museum.
In recognition of this occasion, members of the Crocker’s
board of directors, Director’s Circle members, docents, and
others acquired a painting in her honor.
The painting is by Edna M. Reindel, an artist who
came to California from the East Coast and whose work
is included in important museum collections nationwide.
Born in Detroit, Reindel started taking watercolor classes
locally before moving to New York. There, she trained at
Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, graduating in 1923. For a time,
she worked as a freelance book illustrator and, in 1926,
won a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship
that allowed her to spend summers painting at Laurelton
Hall, the Tiffany estate on Long Island. There, she met
and became friends with artist Luigi Lucioni, whose tight,
meticulous painting style influenced her own.
In 1937, Reindel moved to San Fernando in Southern
California to help care for her sick brother. Following his
death three years later, she settled in Santa Monica and
established herself as a portraitist of Hollywood stars and
their families. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
accorded her a solo show in 1940, and three years later
LIFE magazine commissioned her to paint a series of
works depicting women’s contributions to the war effort.
Reindel’s painting The Bull Fight exemplifies the
artist’s signature realist-surrealist style (she described it as
a “pyscho-realist” style), which is typical of an approach
that many artists pursued in the 1930s and 40s. The
painting attests not only to Reindel’s technical skills,
but to her abilities as a storyteller. The true subject of the
painting is not really a bull fight as the title suggests, but
a woman in blue, who is perhaps loosely based on Lady
Brett Ashley from Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel The
Sun Also Rises. Though encircled by men, she remains
independent and self-secure — a compelling personality
in an otherwise faceless crowd
Top Image: Edna M. Reindel, The Bull Fight, ca. 1936. Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 1/4 in. Purchased in honor of Lial A.
Jones’s 20th anniversary as the Crocker Art Museum’s Mort and Marcy Friedman Director & CEO with
contributions from the following: Elizabeth and Russell Austin, Chris Ann Bachtel, Richard Barancik, Ted
and Melza Barr, Roger and Carol Berry, Mary Campbell Bliss and Fredrick Bliss, Yvonne J. Boseker,
Edith and Stephen Brandenburger, Roberta and Michael Brown, Susan Buck, Susie and Jim Burton,
Barbara J. Campbell, CCS Fund Raising, Simon K. Chiu, Claudia Coleman, Claudia Cummings, Lynne
and Glen Cunningham, Ione Cutter and Margot Cutter, Kathleen and James Deeringer, Marge and
Joe Dobrowolski, Carol Wieckowski Dreyer and Roger A. Dreyer, Mary Duplat and Susan Buck,
Scarlet LaRue Edber and Harvey Edber, Susan Edling, Pam and Steven Eggert, Karen and David
Ewing, Sandra and Steven Felderstein, Sylvia Fitzgerald, ISA AM, Stefanie Fricano and Greg Darrah,
Marcy Friedman, David I. Gibson and William E. Ishmael, Théa Dziuk Givens, Susan Haake and Steven Hearst, Zarou and Hanns Haesslein,
M.J. Hamilton and Dave Reed, Phyllis Hammer, Mary Hargrave, Karen and Rod Hass, Gwenna and
Dan Howard, Barbara and William Hyland, Pat Ingoglia, Gary T. Johns and John D. Schneider, Ernie
and Muriel Johnson, Sandra L. Jones, Gloria Jones, Jane and William Koenig, Pramila and Indru
Kriplani, Linda Lawrence, Nancy Lawrence, Dorothy and Norm Lien, Kimberly and Timothy Lien,
Marilyn Mahoney and Ronald Pomares, Pat Mahony and Randy Getz, Nancy and Dennis Marks,
Sheila Martin-Stone, Lanette M. McClure and Mark M. Glickman, Judy McConnell, Anne and Malcolm
McHenry, Val J. McMichael, Mary McPherson, Dr. Linda and Mr. Steven Merksamer, Mimi Miller,
Diane D. Miller and the Honorable Brian R. Van Camp, Lori Abbott Moreland and John Abbott,
Rosemary and Robert Mundhenk, Gloria Naify, Karen Neuwald, Teri and Mitchell Ostwald, Janet
Poole, Sue and James Robison, Shirley and Skip Rosenbloom, Pam Saltenberger, Estelle Saltzman,
Robert Scarlett, Mary Anne Schendzelos, Elizabeth Shattuck, Patti Solomon, Glenn W. Sorensen, Jr.
Family, Mary Lou Stone, Patty and Joe Symkowick, Joyce and James Teel, Wayne Thiebaud, Denise
and Donald Timmons, Linda and Ronald Tochterman, Sharon Usher and David Townsend, Patricia
and James Wells, Laura and Robert Wendel, M.D., Frank and Helen Wheeler, Parker White, Laurie
Wood-Gundlach and Raymond Gundlach, Kazuyo Yonemoto and Harold Wright. Donations received
by November 8, 2019.