Ernest Lawson attended Kansas City Art Institution in 1888, Santa Clara Academy in Mexico in 1889, the Art Students League in 1891 and finally Academie Julian in 1893. Lawson was a member of "The Eight" and one of the founders of the American Abstract Painters Society (AAPS) with whom he helped organize the 1913 Armory Show. Lawson worked in bold and bright color with heavy impasto style. He settled in Washington Heights, NYC in 1898 and painted some well known scenes of the Hudson River. Some of his unconventional subjects included squatter's huts and bridges on the Harlem River. He often painted a single subject in various lights and weather like an Impressionist. Lawson suffered from arthritis in his later years and moved to Florida in 1936. He drowned after an apparent suicide attempt in 1939.