Louis Paul Dessar is an American painter and was one of the first members of the Old Lyme art colony in Connecticut. One of his oil paintings still graces a door at Miss Florence's mansion which served as the center of the colony.
Dessar started out at the National Academy of Design in New York and continued his studies in Europe, particularly in France. A talent for painting portraits that manifested itself early in his life resulted him in taking up the practice as a means of supporting himself. It all changed, however, in the course of an afternoon painting one of this typically wealthy clients.
Louis Paul Dessar became distracted by the landscape. Soon, his preferred subjects were landscapes and the regular people who populated them: fishermen, farmers and shepherds. He would continue this practice when he returned to New England.
Dessar was enamored of the twilight and considered it a magical time. His paintings are often set at twilight, his subjects being bathed in the soft, golden light.
He was a valued member of the Old Lyme art colony and appears on the famous "Fox Chase" picture in which all the notable Old Lyme colony artists are portrayed.