Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sir John Lavery

Sir John Lavery (Ireland 1856-1941)

From the Cliffs, 1901

The Path by the River, Maidenhead
oil on canvas 63.5 x 76.2 cm

Hazel in Tangier, 1911

Morning after the storm on the beach at Tangier, 1920

The Golf Course, North Berwick 1922

Sir John Lavery (20 March 1856 – 10 January 1941) was an Irish painter best known for his portraits.
Belfast-born John Lavery attended the Haldane Academy, in Glasgow, in the 1870s and the Académie Julianin Paris in the early 1880s. He returned to Glasgow and was associated with the Glasgow School. 
In 1888 he was commissioned to paint the state visit of Queen Victoria to the Glasgow International Exhibition. This launched his career as a society painter and he moved to London soon after. In London he became friendly with James McNeill Whistler and was clearly influenced by him.