Lavery, John (1856-1941) by Scholes, Robert

John Lavery (1856 – 1941) He was born in Belfast but trained in Glasgow, London, and Paris. He was apprenticed to a photographer in Glasgow, where his ambition was to become a portrait painter from the experience he gained retouching negatives and coloring photographs. Lavery was in Scotland only a few years, leaving for Paris in 1881 where he studied in Colarossi’s studio and at the Academie Julian. Drawing rather than color was emphasized at Julian’s, and Lavery worked in charcoal. In 1883, he stayed at the artists’ colony of Grez-sur-Loing, and became friendly with the older Irish artist Frank O’Meara and the French painter , both of whom influenced his work. Lavery’s first French landscape, , was exhibited in 1883. He became a leading member of the Glasgow School, then a successful portraitist in London, and an official War artist. Jules Bastien-Lepage Les Deux Pecheurs

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