Early Spring

Early Spring


Ernest Lawson

(American, 1873–1939)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 52 x 60.5 cm (20 1/2 x 23 13/16 in.)

Bequest of Mrs. Henry A. Everett for the Dorothy Burnham Everett Memorial Collection 1938.48



Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ernest Lawson applied the techniques of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism to his rural and urban landscapes. After early studies at the Art Student's League in New York City, Lawson went to Paris in 1893 and became friendly with the French Impressionist Alfred Sisley (1839-99). Lawson returned to the United States in 1886 and within a few years began blending Impressionist color with Post-Impressionist concern for firmly structured compositions. This painting belongs to a series of river scenes Lawson painted between 1898 and 1916, in which the same motif was frequently repeated with slight variations in color.

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