Frank Dicksee Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
11-27-1853 London, ENG - 10-17-1928 London, ENGBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Frank Dicksee was initially taught art by Thomas Francis Dicksee, his father being a painter of portraits and historical genre scenes. Later he entered the Royal Academy Schools in London, on a scholarship in 1871. He won a silver medal for a drawing in 1872 and a gold medal in 1875 for his oil painting Elijah Confronting Ahab and Jezebel in Naboth's Vineyard, which he made his debut with at the Royal Academy show in 1876.
During the 1880s he was commissioned by Cassell & Co. to illustrate their books of Longfellow's Evangeline, Shakespeare's Othello and Romeo and Juliet.
In 1893, Frank Dicksee painted The Funeral of a Viking, a picture Victorian art critics have given both positive and negative remarks, positive, for its perfection, and negative for its spectacular and somewhat theatrical staging.
Dicksee's paintings are executed with textural smoothness and rich organizations of color. They reveal an inquisitive mix of influences, the classicism of Frederic Leighton and the abstracted idealism of G. F. Watts. His preference for enriching parts of painting grew out of his studies with Henry Holiday, a designer of stained glass. He championed the Victorian Classicism standards of High Art and condemned the artistic trends that rose towards the end of his life. His work covers a wide range of subject matter and genres, including scriptural and allegorical paintings. He also painted society portraits and social dramas.
Although he was not part of the Brotherhood of Pre-Raphaelites, many of Dicksee's paintings can be considered Pre-Raphaelites by their style, such as Chivalry, which was inspired from literary sources.
Frank Dicksee was elected ARA in 1881, RA in 1891 and PRA in 1924. He was knighted in 1925 and made KCVO in 1927.
Art Movement: Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Artists Influencing Frank Dicksee: Thomas Dicksee, Henry Holiday.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.