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Walter F. Lansil
Gathering Seaweed
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 in.

Walter F. Lansil

(American, 1846-1925)

Walter Lansil is best known for his marine and coastal scenes of New England and Venice, Italy. He was born in Bangor, Maine in 1846 and lived in Boston and Dorchester throughout his professional life.

Lansil trained in Bangor with J.P. Hardy and at the Academie Julian in Paris from 1880-1882, where he was inspired by the work of Barbizon painters, German academicians and Boudin. By the time he left Europe, he was greatly influenced by Venice scenes painted by Frenchman Feliz Zeim and went to Venice, Italy to paint over and over again during his life. He also retained a deep love for Maine and painted from Rockport to Monhegan marine paintings and landscapes with cattle and sheep.

The artist was a member of the Bangor Art Association (1876) and the Boston Art Club (1877) and exhibited with those organizations and the PAFA (1880, 1882) and the National Academy of Design in New York City (1878-1892).

Lansil is represented in the permanent collection at Smith College (MA) and the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College.

References : Who's Who in American Art, 1921; Campbell, New Hampshire Scenery, p. 109; Who Was Who in American Art, volume 2, 1947; Deci, E.L., Monhegan Island Artists, 2003; Masterworks of American Painting, Smith College (1999); Gerdts, Art Across America (1999)