Mazzanovich, Lawrence(American 1872-1959)
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.
Mazzanovich's arrival in Chicago in the late nineteenth century was fortuitous. It put him in the center of a dynamic economy that provided many opportunities for artistic youths. His experience as a sign painter may have led him to attend evening classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The city's rapid expansion during the nineteenth century was mirrored by unprecedented growth at the Art Institute, which nevertheless maintained rigorous, conservative academic standards.
Utilizing his education from the Art Institute, Mazzanovich began his career as an illustrator. In 1898 he and several other artists were hired to illustrate a limited edition of The Deserted Village, by Oliver Goldsmith, published in East Aurora, New York, by the Roycroft Shop. His early predilection for figural work over illustration is suggested by the two figure drawings he submitted to the Art Institute's Chicago and Vicinity Third Annual Exhibition in 1899.
Mazzanovich then left Chicago for East Aurora, New York. In 1903, Mazzanovich and his new wife left for Europe so he could study landscape painting in order to ultimately abandon illustration altogether. They rented a house at Moretsur-Loing, near Fontainebleau, where several American artists had painted and which the impressionist Alfred Sisley (1839-1899) helped make famous. They lived in relative poverty until one day the Chicago publisher John Adams Thayer (1861-1936), who around that time commissioned at least one illustration from Mazzanovich. Thayer then took the artist and a dozen of his paintings to Fontainebleau, where a Boston investor bought the entire lot. Mazzanovich's rapid ascent into the American art world occurred upon his arrival in Connecticut in 1909, and it is the work from this era that captured national attention and placed him briefly among the leading landscapes painters of his generation.

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