(b Halifax, NS, 22 March 1873; d Miami, FL, 18 Dec 1939).
American painter of Canadian birth. He first studied art in 1888 at the
Art League School of Kansas City, MO. The following year he attended the
Academia de Bellas Artes de S Carlos in Mexico City, while working as an
engineering draughtsman. In 1891 he moved to New York and took classes
from John H. Twachtman and J. Alden Weir. Under their tutelage at the Art
Students League and at Cos Cob, CT, Lawson painted landscapes in a loosely
brushed Impressionist style, exploring the transitory effects of light. In
1893 Lawson went to Paris, where he lived with the writer Somerset
Maugham; Maugham based the character Frederick Lawson in his novel Of
Human Bondage (1915) on the artist. Lawson briefly attended the
Académie Julian and then studied independently, particularly the works of
Cézanne and Sisley.
Barges on the Seine
Canal Scene in Winter
River Scene in Winter
Aqueduct at Little Falls, New Jersey
Across the River, New York
Spring Night, Harlem River
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