Lawrence Beall SMITH
Lawrence Beall Smith (1909-1995) was an accomplished and well-rounded American artist. During World War II, he designed posters supporting war efforts, including advertisements for War Bonds. Smith also served the military during the liberation, landing with Allied troops in Normandy on D-Day to document the events. The wide circulation of his war bonds posters and many lithographs he created for the Associated American Artists made his graphic works well-known to the American public. Although much of his early work was created during dark and uncertain times, his style is surprisingly playful and light, often featuring children and people going about their everyday lives in the streets and parks of America. Committed to the propagation of art, Smith and his wife Winn were one of the five founding couples of the Katonah Gallery (today the Katonah Museum of Art), in Westchester County, New York. He exhibited there for many years, as well as at the National Academy of Design in New York City, Whitney Museum of American Art and in other major exhibitions.