Would I Lie to you?

jonas lie - manhattanManhattan” is an artwork by American artist Jonas Lie who was born in Moss, Østfold County, Norway; on April 29, 1880. He is best known for his colorful paintings of coastlines around New England and city scenes of New York City, such as “Manhattan“.

In 1892 his father died and 12-year-old Jonas was sent to stay with his aunt and uncle, Thomasine and Jonas Lie, in Paris.  Despite this, the following year, Lie joined his mother and sisters in New York City. During his career from 1905 to 1938; Lie had 57 one-man shows; each including from 12 to 45 paintings.

  • While living in Panama in 1913, Lie painted scenes of the construction of Panama Canal which were later donated to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
  • In 1932, Lie was awarded the Knight of Order of St. Olav by the King of Norway.

Paintings of Jonas Lie have been exhibited at art museums throughout the United States including: Utah Museum of Fine Arts; Cornell Fine Arts Museum; Phoenix Art Museum; San Diego Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art; High Museum of Art; and Memorial Art Gallery. Lie dedicated his life to art and he became known for his colorful impressionistic scenes of harbors and coves; painted during the many summers he spent on the coasts of New England & Canada.

  • Jonas Lie died on January 18, 1940.

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