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Ernest Lawson

Ernest Lawson was born in Nova Scotia, but came to this country in his adolescence to study art - first in Kansas City and then in New York. By his 20s he was painting in Cos Cob with John Twachtman and J. Alden Weir, and that experience certainly shaped his entire life as a landscape painter. Like Twachtman, Lawson became known for his wintery Connecticut scenes; but unlike his mentor, the younger man used bright colors generously (his palette was so brilliant that critics talked of "crushed jewels"). He went to France in 1893 and studied briefly at the Academie Julian. He soon went off on his own, though, to continue the open-air painting he had enjoyed at Cos Cob. In his later years, Lawson moved to the Washington Heights section of New York City, where he painted the views of the Hudson River in winter for which he is now best known.

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