Though he was not an outstanding student, his best subject was mathematics and he won two mathematics prizes at the school.
He also won a prize for drawing in 1903, and at his commencement in 1904 he won a coveted first prize, validating his recent decision to become an artist.
Then, there is the distortion of the young man—I had called this elementary parallelism.
It was a formal decomposition; that is, linear elements following each other like parallels and distorting the object.
He learned academic drawing from a teacher who unsuccessfully attempted to "protect" his students from Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and other avant-garde influences.