After a brief and successful stint as an illustrator, Lawrence Mazzanovich traveled to Europe in 1903. He studied landscape painting in France and Italy, which enabled him to abandon illustration, and exhibited work in the Barbizon style at competitions and at the Paris Salon with great success. Just before returning to the United States, Mazzanovich began experimenting with Tonalism and Impressionism.
After moving to the Westport art colony in 1909, Mazzanovich was inspired by its landscape and his technique developed from Impressionism into a Pointillist and color-driven Post-Impressionist style. He gained a reputation as a brilliant colorist and soon had a one man show at a gallery in Chicago. By 1917, his work was displayed in major metropolitan galleries throughout the country alongside artists such as George Bellows and Everett Shinn. In the early 1920s, Mazzanovich moved to a small artist community in Tryon, North Carolina.