Lawson, Ernest

Lawson, Ernest,

1873–1939, American landscape painter, b. San Francisco. He studied art in Kansas City, in New York City under Twachtman and J. Alden Weir, and in Paris. On returning to New York he joined the independent artists' group called the EightEight, the,
group of American artists in New York City, formed in 1908 to exhibit paintings. They were men of widely different tendencies, held together mainly by their common opposition to academism.
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. His impressionist landscapes won him many awards, and he is represented in most leading American galleries. High Bridge (Whitney Mus., New York City) is a characteristic and fine example of his work.
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Lawson, Ernest

(1873–1939) painter; born in San Francisco, Calif. He studied at the Art Students League, New York, with J. Alden Weir and John Twachtman (1891), and later in Paris at the Académie Julien (1893). Upon his return to America he settled in upper Manhattan and produced his famous impressionistic urban landscapes that linked him to the Ashcan school. His typical use of thick, intense color, often applied with a palette knife, is seen in his major work, Spring Night, Harlem River (1913).
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