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About Ernest Lawson
Together with fellow members of the progressive group of artists called “The Eight,” or the Ashcan School, Ernest Lawson opposed the dominance of academic style, working en plein air and painting natural and urban landscapes observed from life. Inspired by Impressionism, Lawson focused on the effects of light, the seasons, and the different times of day upon the vistas before him. He often painted upper Manhattan and the lower Hudson River, rendering bridges, buildings, and pockets of flora in thick impasto, strong outlines, and bold colors.