Friday, June 28, 2013

Lawton Silas Parker's luminous lady, 1920


L.S. Parker (1868-1954) was a dedicated American impressionist who split his time between America and France beginning in 1888. Unlike most of the artists I blog about, Parker was highly trained, having attended the Chicago Art Institute, the Academie Julian in Paris, the Art Students League in New York and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. During World War II he was imprisoned by the Nazis for two years before making a daring escape. Many of the paintings he did in Giverny were destroyed in the war. Parker spent his final years in Pasadena, Calif. The M. Christine Schwartz Collection, which offers late 19th century, early 20th century paintings associated with Chicago, posted a detailed bio of the artist. 

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