Pratt Art Class 1948 is an archival print of an artwork produced by Lyle Suter while attending Pratt Art Institute in New York City in 1948. The 70 year old work of art is the oldest in the Lyle Suter private collection and depicts a scene of twelve students painting a nude model as their teacher looks on. The painting is an early indicator of Mr. Suter’s talent in caricature and humor as the student in the upper left corner writes on his pallet, “Lyle is a dope” while the teacher looks about the classroom with a funny smirk.
1948 was a very successful art year for young Mr. Suter at Pratt because he painted “American Scene at Ebbets Field” that placed 2nd in a national art contest winning him $500. The contest was sponsored by the Society of Illustrators based in New York City. Mr. Suter’s big win was summarized in a news article and photo in the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper. He later donated American Scene to the Brooklyn Dodgers and appeared in a photo in the Pittsburgh Gazette with Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey and Charles Pratt. The same photo was included in Pratt’s 125 anniversary publication. For details please go to Professional Artist, Scene At Ebbets Field.