The Broken Wall
oil on canvas
28'' x 38''
Crowell, Lucius

Lucius Crowell was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1911.  A realist painter who enjoyed depicting the everyday world with a touch of romanticism, he was well-known for his seemingly unstylized execution.

A graduate of the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, he attended Williams College before studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and then independently with Franklin Watkins and Arthur B. Carles.   He continued his studies at the Barnes Foundation, the Academie Scandinave, and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris.

Crowell traveled and painted in Europe, Morocco, and Greece before returning to study ceramics at the Philadelphia College of Art and the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.

In the years that followed, he taught art at the Kent School in Connecticut, the Chester County Art Association, the Birchrunville Art Center, and in Wilmington, Delaware.

His major exhibitions included those at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney Musuem, the National Academy of Art in Washington, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and a one-man show at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1954.

He was a member of the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Artists Equity, the Peale Club, and the Williams Club of New York.

Crowell’s work was well-received and is found in the permanent collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Lambert College, the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Temple University, University of Delaware, Columbus Gallery of Fine Art and the Northfield Museum.

The artist died at his home in Charlestown Township, near Phoenixville, PA in 1988.