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LAWRENCE C EARLE
His Published Life

Artists of Grand Rapids

Early Grand Rapids Years

Marinus Harting

Kent Base Ball Club

When They Were Boys

Palestine Exhibition Company

Art In Chicago

Paintings By
Mr. Lawrence C. Earle

Brush & Pencil

Grand Rapids
Artists and Writers

Carter Times -
Dutch Boy Painter

Robert L. Stearns

Artist Paints Types
of Kingdom Come

Latest Portrait:
Mrs. Van Sluyters

Earle's Pictures are
Mountain Portraits

Exhibits New Work

Good Art in High
Class Movie Film

Motion Picture Classic
magazine cover 1916

Paints Portrait of
YWCA Helper

Lawrence C. Earle,
Distinguished Artist,
Dies at Friend's Door

Garfield Gives
Reminiscence of
Artist L. C. Earle

Dutch Boy Painter
Vol. XV Number 2
March 1922

Commemorative

 

 

LATEST PORTRAIT IS
EARLE'S BEST WORK

Subject Is Mrs. Van Sluyters, Mother of
Mrs. Philo C. Fuller of This City


STUDY IS PSYCHOLOGICAL


Picture Was Painted from Life
 and Shows Insight and Sympathy


  Lawrence Earle has just completed a portrait which takes rank among his best work of recent years.

  The sitter was Mrs. Van Sluyters, mother of Mrs. Philo C. Fuller. The picture might appropriately be titled "Experience," "Fulfillment," or "Age." It is not only a portrait but in the expression and embodiment of all that is strong and beautiful in age.

  The portrait is a psychological study and the artist has portrayed character and individuality - the ideal of age. Technically, the picture is simple in its composition. The dress is unrelieved black against a background of soft grays with occasional glints of green suggesting the out of doors atmosphere. All the color and light are concentrated on the head, which rests gently upon one hand, the fingers just touching the cheek lightly in a restful, rather meditative attitude.

  The white hair, parted simply, the soft lovely texture of the skin, the strong deep lines in which character and experience are plainly written, and the faded blue eyes, with their expression of mystery, futurity and contemplation, give almost a mystic quality to the picture

Absence of All Adornment

  The hands, with the long tapering fingers, and the delicate wrists, are beautifully modeled. There is an entire absence of adornment or ornamentation; but one feels a subtle sense of personality in the very folds of the loosely fitting black dress. The high light is on the white hair and there is a warm delicate color in the face. In the picture is a strong sense of unity, harmony and appropriateness; but the compelling charm of the portrait is the feeling of dignity and maturity of age. It is a study, compared to which the mere prettiness of youth seems trivial and incomplete.

  In looking at the portrait one feels something of the weariness of the long journey which reaches far back into the past and between the two, the past and the future, the strong ripened character.

  The portrait was painted from life and the artist has treated the subject with deep insight and sympathy. Mr. Earle is especially fond of painting old age and in his studio are many studies of old people, each presenting a strong character study.

GRAND RAPIDS HERALD (or PRESS?), May, 1912 (Uncertain)

*Thanks to Dr. J. Gray Sweeney for permission to use material from
Artists of Grand Rapids 1840-1980, J. Gray Sweeney; Grand Rapids, 1981:
The Grand Rapids Art Museum, The Grand Rapids Public Museum

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