Albert Pike Lucas
Nocturne on the Loire
Oil-on-canvas, signed lower right
Provenance: The Cosmos Club, Washington D.C.
Painting: 24” x 20”
Frame: 28 ¾” x 24 ¾”
Albert Pike Lucas was a painter of landscapes, nude figure studies, and portraits as well as a sculptor. He was known for his atmospheric expressions of light and color in his nocturne and twilight paintings.
Lucas was born in Jersey City, and in 1884, he enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he studied for a year with painter Ernest Hébert and then with Gustave Boulanger. Lucas also studied in the ateliers of Gustave Courtois and Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagman-Bouveret. He was a member of the Societé National des Beaux-Arts where he exhibited from 1890-97. He garnered prizes and medals at the Paris Exposition of 1900, the Pan-American Exposition (Buffalo) in 1901 and 1928, the Corcoran Gallery of Art Biennial in 1910 and others over the course of his career.
After traveling to Italy in 1888 and spending nearly two decades in Paris, he settled in New York City in 1907 where he was active in numerous artists’ associations including the National Academy of Design. He continued to paint and exhibit until his death in 1945.
His paintings are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.
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