Arthur Hacker England

9-25-1858 London, ENG – 11-12-1919 London, ENG

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Hacker, Arthur

Arthur Hacker was perhaps the most versatile of late Victorian artists and his regular and popular exhibits at the Royal Academy and New Gallery include paintings of contemporary drama, mythological and Biblical narrative, landscapes and still lifes. He also established a lucrative portrait painting practice in the early twentieth century.

In his art he was most known for painting religious scenes and portraits, and his art was also influenced by his extensive travels in Spain and North Africa. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1876 and graduated in 1880 whereupon he travelled to Paris and trained in the atelier of Léon Bonnat. Arthur Hacker was twice exhibited at the Royal Academy, in 1878 and 1910, and was elected an Academician in 1910.

One of his fellow pupils was Stanhope Forbes and like Forbes Hacker was much influenced by French art. In 1886 Arthur Hacker helped to found the progressive New English Art Club, an association which appears rather contrary to the academic ideals expressed in the picture he exhibited at the Academy a year later. These paintings made Hacker famous and popular in the 1890s but as the taste for grand subject pictures began to wain in the twentieth century, he concentrated upon portraiture and modern genre subjects.

Movement: Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood
Influences: Léon Bonnat
Influenced: Stanhope Forbes
Traveled: Spain, North Africa, France

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