A well known muralist of his day, painter Robert Lewis Reid would also be a member of the famous "Ten American Painters", who seceded from the Society of American Artists in rejection of their commercialism and politicalization of the organization.
A painter in the Impressionist style he had studied at the Boston Museum School and headed to New York to continue at the Art Students League. In less than a year's time he was on his way to Paris to study at the Academie Julian.
He returned to America in 1889, settling in New York and worked both as a portrait painter and instructor at the Art Students League and Cooper Union schools.
He preferred to craft scenes of young women set in flowers and his easel paintings are considered quite decorative. He began to exhibit his works around the early 1890s, including the Paris Salon and the Columbian Exposition among many others.
By 1892 he had received a mural commission at the World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago, where he would decorate an entrance pavilion dome for the Liberal Arts Building.
Only a few years later however he would gain even more celebrity and notoriety for his participation in the exhibitions staged by The Ten. This group of Impressionists would exhibit for the next twenty years, and Reid would contribute easel paintings to the shows.
His subject matter never varied far from his preferred ladies and flowers, though in the early part of the twentieth century his work became more naturalistic, and his palette more pastel. He relocated to Colorado in the 1920s, joining the staff of the Broadmoor Academy, and worked mostly in portraiture.
His works are in several important private and public collections, including the Chicago Union League Club and the Pfeil Collection of Impressionists.