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Laurel

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10 in. x 11 7/8 in. (254 mm. x 301.63 mm.)

Lawton S. Parker, (1868–1954)

Medium and Support: oil on artist board
Credit Line: Florence Griswold Museum; Gift of the Artist
Accession Number: 1954.6
Laurel, the state flower of Connecticut, was a favorite subject of the Old Lyme artists because it grew in abundance along the Lieutenant River. Parker was primarily a portrait painter, but during his visits to Old Lyme he painted landscapes as well. "Laurel" combines both interests by depicting a nude figure against a lively impressionist background.

Parker is one of approximately a dozen artists who painted in Old Lyme after spending time in the French art colony of Giverny. While in France, the artist often painted nude models posed outdoors in garden settings, an interest he developed while studying the human figure at the French art academies. Parker continued to work on the theme in Old Lyme; here, he depicts a nude figure against a backdrop of laurel, perhaps along the banks of the Lieutenant River.

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