John Lear, Bus Stop

John Brock Lear, Jr.: Bus Stop (1938) Oil on canvas
Bus Stop
Oil on canvas
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Bequest from the estate of the artist, 2008

John Lear was born in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, where he lived his entire life. Mr. Lear was an active member and volunteer of Woodmere Art Museum throughout his adult life and selected Bus Stop to be offered as a gift to Woodmere upon his death. An early example of his art, the painting predates his later emphasis on the human figure for which he is better known. Mr. Lear received his artistic training at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art (now University of the Arts) where his teacher was renowned illustrator Thornton Oakley. His art works are in numerous public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Reading Museum of Art, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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