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Lawrence Murphy

 (1872 - 1947)
Lawrence Murphy was active/lived in California, Colorado.  Lawrence Murphy is known for modernist figure, animal and genre painting.

Biography   Lawrence Murphy

Born in Denver, CO on Sept. 14, 1872, Lawrence Murphy grew up in Denver as the son of a wealthy banker who disinherited him after he chose an art career.  Sailing for Paris, he studied at Académie Julian, and in NYC with George Bridgman and Frank DuMond.

He came to California in 1915 to attend the Panama Pacific Exposition and opted to remain.  Settling in Los Angeles, he taught at the Art Students League, UCLA, and at the Chouinard Art School from 1926 until his death on Sept. 9, 1947.

His work was considered very modern and daring by the art standards of 1915.

California Art Club, 1915; Los Angeles County Museum, 1921 (with Nick Brigante); Independent Artists of Los A

Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Drawings & Illustrations by Southern California Artists (Wall Moore, Nancy Dustin, et al; Laguna Beach Museum of Art); American Art Annual 1917-24; California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); Death record; Los Angeles Times, 9-14-1947 (obituary).

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