Arthur Hacker was perhaps the most versatile of late Victorian artists and his regular and popular exhibits at the Royal Academy and New Gallery includes 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 traveled 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 wane in the twentieth century, he concentrated upon portraiture and modern genre subjects.
Art Movement: Victorian Classicism.
Artists Influencing Hacker: Léon Bonnat.
Painters Arthur Hacker Influenced: Stanhope Forbes.
He Traveled To Spain, North Africa, France.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.