Sir John Lavery RA RSA 1856-1941
Lavery spent much of his youth in France, at Grez-sur-Loing, the picturesque village a few miles south of Fontainebleau. For eight years before his arrival in 1883, Grez was continuously popular as an artists' colony, and after his departure the following year it began to be hailed as a crucible of modern painting, attracting painters from Britain, Ireland, America, Scandinavia and Japan.
Lavery came to Grez in 1883 and 1884 to learn. Two intense periods of concentrated work have left the most comprehensive record of life in the colony, depicting aspects of peasant life.