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    ERNEST LAWSON (American, 1873-1939)
    Connecticut Landscape
    Oil on canvas laid on masonite
    24-1/4 x 30-1/4 inches (61.6 x 76.8 cm)
    Signed lower left: E. Lawson

    The works of Ernest Lawson stylistically fall between that of Impressionism and Realism. Like the Impressionists, Lawson was a committed landscapist who chose to paint en plein air and paid particular interest to the effects of light on the surface of his subjects. In his paintings, Lawson used a palette knife to apply thick impasto and intensely contrasting colors. Due to his technique, his pieces are often referred to as having a crushed jewel effect. In 1908, Lawson became a member of the Social Realist group 'The Eight' lead by Robert Henri. Although his technique was vastly different from other artists in that group, they shared a common opposition to academicism with an interest in the daily lives of middle and lower class society. Connecticut Landscape exemplifies Lawson's combination of these two distinctively different modes of expression. His reference to Impressionism is obvious by his execution. The overall dark tone and unembellished landscape depicting a humble horse drawn cart crossing a river is an example of his Realist style.


    Estimate: $40,000 - $50,000.

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    Normal wear commensurate with age, craquelure and old thick varnish

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    June, 2009
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