Sydney Laurence (1865-1940)
Sydney Laurence is Alaska’s favorite landscape painter and the preeminent artist of Mt. McKinley. His artistic talent brought him early recognition, but it was his adventurous trip to Alaska in 1904 and his fascination with the “Last Frontier” that assured him a place in history. Laurence’s Tonalist palette emphasized atmosphere and the quiet aura of vast spaces. Time and again the soft, misty light of dawn or dusk appears in his works, enhancing the poetic qualities of nature that Laurence deeply admired.