Lucy Bacon

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Lucy Angeline Bacon
Born (1857-07-30)July 30, 1857
Pitcairn, New York
Died October 17, 1932(1932-10-17) (aged 75)
San Francisco, California
Nationality American
Education Art Students League of New York, National Academy of Design, Académie Colarossi, Camille Pissarro
Known for Painting
Movement Impressionism

Lucy Angeline Bacon (July 30, 1857 – October 17, 1932) was a Californian artist known for her California Impressionist oil paintings of florals, landscapes and still lifes. She studied in Paris under the Impressionist Camille Pissarro. She is the only known Californian artist to have studied under any of the great French Impressionists.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in 1857 in Pitcairn, New York.[1][2] Bacon graduated by 1879 from the Potsdam Normal School in New York.[1]

Lucy Bacon had two art works Garden Landscape and Path Through the Woods. Garden Landscape was put in the fine arts museums in San Francisco. This Garden Landscape work was created about 38 years ago. This work is a painting on oil canvas. On the other hand, Bacon painted Path Through the Woods as well. She painted this work around 1898 and is also an oil on canvas. [1]/art/detail.php?ID=215151 She was encouraged to pursue art by her family. She was related to Robert K. Vickery, through the marriage of her niece Ruth. In the 1890s, he was a part-owner of a San Franciscan gallery, Vickery, Atkins & Torrey, the first gallery to exhibit the Impressionism in San Francisco.[3]

Bacon studied in New York City at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design.[2] In 1892 she left for Paris to continue her studies[4] at the Académie Colarossi.[5] She then studied with Camille Pissarro, as advised by American painter Mary Cassatt.[4]

Career[edit]

She then moved to Éragny and made Impressionist paintings. By 1898, she lived in San Jose and was exhibiting paintings such as A San Jose Garden at the San Francisco Art Association.[6] She moved to California in the hope of improving chronic illness which limited her ability to paint.[2] She taught at Washburn Preparatory School in San Jose[7] and painted from her home studio.

In the spring of 1902, her works were exhibited at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art in San Francisco.[8] In 1905, while Lucy Bacon renounced her painting career and devoted herself to the Christian Science religion,[2] possibly finding it eased her health problems, and she continued to teach art.

By 1909, she was living in San Francisco.[citation needed] Lucy Bacon was a member of the Indian Fair Committee of the New Mexico Association on Indian Affairs (NMAIA) and Eastern Association on Indian Affairs (EAIA) in 1927, which exhibited works by Native American artists.[9]

She died in San Francisco in 1932.[1]

Her painting, Garden Landscape made between 1894 and 1896, is among the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.[10]

Gallery[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c William H. Gerdts; Will South (January 1998). California Impressionism. Abbeville Press Publishers. p. 253. ISBN 978-0-7892-0176-8. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Artist Biography for Lucy Angeline Bacon". askart.com. Retrieved 2017-09-07. Born: 1857 - Pitcairn, New York  
  3. ^ Deborah Epstein Solon; Will South (2002). In and Out of California: Travels of American Impressionists. New York: Hudson Hills. p. 30. ISBN 978-1-55595-225-9. 
  4. ^ a b Deborah Epstein Solon; Will South (2002). In and Out of California: Travels of American Impressionists. New York: Hudson Hills. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-55595-225-9. 
  5. ^ "'Pissarro's People' at home at San Francisco's Legion of Honor". San Francisco Examiner. San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  6. ^ William H. Gerdts; Will South (January 1998). California Impressionism. Abbeville Press Publishers. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-7892-0176-8. 
  7. ^ San Jose City Directory Including Santa Clara County. F.M. Husted. 1902. p. 76. 
  8. ^ Mark Hopkins Institute Review of Art. June 1902. p. 18. 
  9. ^ Jennifer McLerran (2009). A New Deal for Native Art: Indian Arts and Federal Policy, 1933-1943. University of Arizona Press. pp. 60, 244. ISBN 978-0-8165-2766-3. 
  10. ^ "Garden Landscape". Smithsonian Institution Research Information Systems. Retrieved November 29, 2014.