Charles Augustus C. Lasar (1856-1936)


Charles Augustus C. Lasar (1856-1936)Morning Moonlight, c.1890. Oil on canvas measures 18 x 24 inches. Unframed. Signed lower right. Small areas of overpaint in four corners. No tears, repairs or punctures in canvas. Title inscribed in faded ink on stretcher en verso. Also reads “Near A____” (indistinct). This amazing image shows the moonlight raking over a dewy field at sunrise. Note that the sun hasn’t risen but shadows are cast. The subject and treatment demonstrate core interests of the Tonalist movement. The location is almost certainly rural France.

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Birth place: Johnstown, PA

Death place: Neuilly (Paris), France

Addresses: Paris, France

Profession: Landscape painter, teacher

Studied: …cole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, with Gérôme.

Exhibited: Paris Salon, 1885-87, 1889; PAFA Ann., 1885-1903 (4 times); SNBA, 1890; AIC, 1902, 1908.

Comments: A popular and influential expatriate teacher. Active in Paris, he was affectionately known as Shorty.” He attracted many students, many of whom were women, to his studio in the Montparnasse neighborhood. He taught landscape painting en plein air, and his classes traveled around the French countryside, from Auvers to Normandy to Belgium, Holland, and Salisbury, England. Among his notable female students were Minerva Chapman, Cecilia Beaux, and Violet Oakley. He even formed an American baseball team in Paris. Author: Practical Hints for Art Students (1910).Also appears as Lazar.

Sources: WW10; Art Digest Jan., 1936, p.17; Fink, American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons, 364; Falk, Exh. Record Series.