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Lawrence Mazzanovich

 (1871 - 1959)
Lawrence Mazzanovich was active/lived in North Carolina, Connecticut.  Lawrence Mazzanovich is known for landscape, waterscape and interior painting.

Lawrence Mazzanovich

Biography from the Archives of askART

Landscape painter, Lawrence Mazzanovich was born in 1872 at sea off the coast of California.  He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later at the Art Student's League of New York.  Traveling abroad, he visited Paris and Fontainebleau, where he must have encountered impressionism and almost certainly saw the late works of Monet.  He exhibited in the Beaux Arts in 1900.

In March of 1911, W. Scott Thurber Gallery in Chicago announced an exhibition of works by Mazzanovich.  A third exhibition was held in 1912.  While in Chicago Mazzanovich was an instructor at the Holme School of Illustration, along with school owner John Francis Holme, J. C. Leyendecker, Edgar Spier Cameron and Frederick J. Mulhaupt. ("Art", Chicago Times-Herald, 6/4/1899).

Mazzanovich was also employed making designs and illuminating books for the Roycroft Press in East Aurora, NY. ("Art," Sunday Chicago Tribune, 7/1/1899, p.37).

In 1913 Mazzanovich exhibited at the Macbeth Gallery in New York.  In 1915 he exhibited again at Thurber's Gallery, and in 1916 at the O'Brien Gallery in Chicago.

The years before 1917 saw Mazzanovich at his peak.  In the late 1920s he was a resident of Tryon, North Carolina.  The painter later resided in Westport, Connecticut, but apparently he produced little.

Illinois Historical Art Project

Biography from the Archives of askART
Born aboard ship near San Francisco on December 19, 1872, Lawrence Mazzanovich moved to Chicago at an early age where he began his art training at the Art Institute of Chicago.

He then continued at the Art Students League in New York City.  During 1902-09 he was  in France for further study in Paris and Giverny.  From 1909-23 he was in an art colony in Westport, Connecticut.

About 1923 he moved to Tryon, NC where he remained until his death in 1959.  His work prior to 1909 was subdued and tonalist; whereas, he then painted in a decorative style more akin to impressionism.

National Arts Club
American Federation of Art
Salmagundi Club

Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1915
Beaux Arts, Paris, 1906

Art Institute of Chicago
Hackley Museum, Muskegon, Michigan

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1919-33.

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Biography from The Johnson Collection
Lawrence Mazzanovich was born aboard a ship as his mother and father immigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe. His mother died shortly after arriving in America, and his father struggled to support the small family on his own. They moved several times during his childhood while his father searched for work, and eventually settled in Chicago where the teenaged Mazzanovich apprenticed as a sign painter. This experience excited his interest in art, and he soon enrolled in illustration classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1898 Mazzanovich received his first art commission from a publishing company to design titles for books.

In 1903, at the urging of his wife, Mazzanovich gave up commercial illustration and the couple moved to Paris, France where he could devote his full attention to the serious study of fine painting. In 1909 they returned to the United States, and settled in Westport, Connecticut, an emerging artists' colony. At this time, Mazzanovich began to work in an Impressionistic style and focused almost exclusively on landscapes. He gained a reputation as a brilliant colorist and soon had a one man show at a gallery in Chicago. By 1917 his work was displayed in major metropolitan galleries throughout the country alongside great American artists such as George Bellows and Everett Shinn.

In the early 1920s, Mazzanovich left his family and career in Connecticut and began a new life in the small artist community of Tryon, North Carolina. There he met a piano teacher from England and remarried. In Tryon, his pace of life and artistic output slowed dramatically. Although he produced far fewer canvases, he was able to take his time with each piece and the quality of his work remained high. The couple was very active in the community and participated in the many cultural activities that Tryon had to offer. Mazzanovich stated that he felt he had "found his place" in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the views that he produced are both striking and sentimental. Rather than reproduce exactly what he saw, he would often hike to the top of a hill, briefly sketch en plein air, and then return to the studio to paint. The colors he utilized did not necessarily occur in nature, but they were how he remember them feeling in his mind's eye. Though not a religious man in the traditional sense, Mazzanovich found mystical satisfaction and solace in the outdoors. The resulting images are often emotional renderings of the landscape, reflecting the artist's love and reverence of nature.

The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Biography from Charleston Renaissance Gallery
One of a group of landscape painters who emerged from Chicago at the turn of the century, Lawrence Mazzanovich was born to immigrant parents at sea off the coast of California.  The family eventually settled in Chicago, where Mazzanovich attended classes at the Art Institute.  Following his marriage in 1902, he moved to Paris for further study.  He visited the major museums, spent time at the art colonies in Fountainbleau, Moret-sur-Loing and Giverny, and painted tonalist views of the French and Italian countryside.

Returning to the U.S. in 1909, Mazzanovich moved to Westbury, Connecticut, where a small art colony had formed.  Abandoning the tonalist concerns of his earlier years, he developed the decorative style for which he is best known today, an aesthetic that combined elements of tonalism with a brightly colored impressionism.

In 1923 Mazzanovich sought fresh inspiration in Tryon, North Carolina, where he remained for the rest of his life.  Though he painted fewer pictures thereafter, the quality of his later work remained consistently high.

Biography from The Cooley Gallery
Lawrence Mazzanovich's early art training took place at the Art Institute of Chicago and in Paris, where he traveled with his first wife shortly after their marriage.  Upon his return to the United States, Mazzanovich moved to Westport, Connecticut, where he spent about fifteen years, exhibiting at important metropolitan galleries throughout the United States and developing his Impressionist style.

By the early 1920s, he left his first wife and settled in the quiet town of Tryon, North Carolina.  This move, away from the art centers, probably precipitated a freeing up of the artist's style and contributed to the artist's late Post- Impressionist explorations in color and abstraction.

Salmagundi Club
National Arts Club
American Federation of Arts

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About  Lawrence Mazzanovich

Born:  1871 - California (at sea off coast)
Died:   1959 - Tryon, North Carolina
Known for:  landscape, waterscape and interior painting

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Lawrence Mazzanovich

San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915