A capitol impressionist ahead of his time

Our artist this week lived from 1860–1925 and was ahead of his time as an impressionist. Shoe manufacturer Lester Shepard Parker's approach to painting is particularly interesting because it reflects a sophisticated understanding of European impressionism, a style still seen as avant-garde in the 1920s. He repeatedly painted Missouri’s new state capitol building in varying light and atmospheric conditions with loose, impressionistic brushstrokes and vibrant colors.