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 Carl E. Lawless  (1894 - 1964)

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Lived/Active: Connecticut/Pennsylvania/Illinois      Known for: landscape, still life painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Carl Lawless
1894 (Illinois)
1964 (Connecticut)


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A landscape and flower painter, Carl E. Lawless was a long-time resident of Mystic, Connecticut, and one of the founders of the Mystic Art Association.  He died suddenly, on January 1, 1964, as remembered by his friends and neighbors.

Chicago Academy of Fine Arts
Pennsylvania Academy if the Fine Arts

Co-founder and member of the Mystic Art Association, Mystic, Connecticut

Art Institute of Chicago
Pennsylvania Academy Annuals 1920-26; 1930
National Academy of Design 1923, 1927 (prizes)
Connecticut Academy of Fine Art 1925, 1931
Corcoran Gallery biennials 1926, 1935
Grand Central Gallery 1929
New Haven Paint and Clay Club 1930
Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut 1936

Pennsylvania Academy
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Museum
New Haven Public Library
Connecticut State College, Storrs

Who's Who in American Art 1940
Art in Connecticut
Connecticut death index 1949-2001
death date correction courtesy of Elizabeth A. Keep

Biography from The Cooley Gallery:

Carl Lawless, a native of Illinois, studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts prior to World War I.  As a recipient of the Cresson traveling scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, he studied in Europe after the war's end.  Upon his return he relocated to Pennsylvania.  He became enchanted by the shore town of Mystic, Connecticut when visiting a married couple with whom he had studied in Europe.  He later purchased a home in Mystic in 1925 and immediately became an active member in the budding local art association.1 

The most notable aspect of Lawless' approach to landscape painting is his ability to incorporate certain "patterns into an overall design that [is] authentic to nature."2  Light and shadow also have a prominent role in Lawless' artwork, a quality which the artist most likely adopted from a fellow Mystic resident and member of the art association, Charles Harold Davis (1856-1933). Davis, too, is well known for his richly hued scenes with an emphasis on the effects of natural light.

1 Priscilla W. Pratt and Lois H. Constantine, “Carl Lawless” in News and Views (1998), 7.
2 Pratt and Constantine, 7.

Written by Caitlin Murphy

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