Oil on canvas, 10.5 x 14.5 inches / Signed lower left
Charles Augustus Lasar, known as â€śShortyâ€ť Lasar was a Johnstown, Pennsylvania-born artist. As did many American artists, he travelled to Paris to broaden his art education. He studied under painter-sculptor Jean-Leon Gerome, who also taught Pennsylvania-born artists Mary Cassatt and Thomas Eakins. Lasarâ€™s draftsmanship became legendary during his tenure at Jean-Leon Geromeâ€™s atelier. After several years of successful exhibitions, Lasar opened his own atelier, which catered to English-speaking female artists. Cecilia Beaux, considered the finest woman painter at the turn of the last century and a friend of â€śShortyâ€™sâ€ť, described him as â€śa funny little man with intensely bright eyes and dark hair, standing aroundâ€”and his legs about two feet longâ€ť. Beaux felt that Shortyâ€™s lessons were too technical; she preferred a more intuitive approach to painting. However, she observed that Shortyâ€™s student clung to his strictures as if to a lifeline.