DescriptionERNEST LAWSON (American, 1873-1939)
Oil on panel
15 x 20 inches (38.1 x 50.8 cm)
Edmund W. Greacen;
Nan Greacen (wife of the artist);
Michael St. Clair, 1961;
Estate of Michael St. Clair;
National Gallery of Canada, "Ernest Lawson", 1966;
Hecksher Museum, New York, 1975.
Of all the painters associated with The Eight, Ernest Lawson emerged as the only true landscape painter. He had his first solo exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy in 1907, and won a prize for a winter landscape, a theme which became his single most identifiable subject. Lawson was known for his richly colored and heavily impastoed style of impressionism, which the critic James Hunecker described as "a palette of crushed jewels." Lawson painted from life, traveling throughout New England, France, Spain and Florida studying bucolic landscapes. Tropic Night, painted in Florida, is a prime example of Lawson's much sought after "crushed jewel" technique. A thick paint application of vibrant colors captures the warmth and subtle glow of a Florida twilight.
Tropic Night was a gift from the artist to his friend and colleague Edmund Greacen. In addition to being a distinguished painter, Greacen was also a president of Grand Central Galleries artists' cooperative in New York. Upon his death, Greacen"s wife inherited this painting, and she subsequently sold it to Michael St. Clair through Grand Central Galleries. Michael St. Clair is the former director of Babcock Galleries and the painting was in his private collection until his death in 1998.
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000.
Slight overall craquelure, commensurate with age; otherwise very good condition.
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