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 Albert Francis King  (1854 - 1945)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: trompe still life, portrait and landscape painting

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1854 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
 
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1945 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

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Pennsylvania

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Albert Francis King was born in 1854 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was described by some critics as Pittsburgh's primary still-life painter of the 19th century. His subjects included fruit, vegetables and fish, depicted in compositions reflecting preparations for a meal, in the spirit of Jean-Bapiste-Simeon Chardin, the great 18th Century French painter of still-life.

His parents had immigrated from Germany to escape religious persecution, and changed their name from Konig to King in Pittsburgh, to further escape religious bias against Catholics.

King was primarily self taught but did study with Martin B. Leisser. Memberships included the Pittsburgh Art Society and the Pittsburgh Art Association.

He also painted sylvan landscapes in a Hudson River style, possibly at the small town of Scalp Level, a suburb of Johnstown, in southwest/central Pennsylvania. Also, he was much in demand as a portrait painter by prominent citizens of Pittsburgh including Stephen Foster, music composer.

King lived most of his life in Pittsburgh except a few years in Omaha, Nebraska late in his life.

Sources include:
Peter Hastings Falk (editor) Who Was Who in American Art
www.fineoldart.com/
additional information courtesy of Jackie Wolf Heinl

Albert Francis King was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He became Pittsburgh's principal still-life specialist of the nineteenth century. He studied with Martin B. Leisser (b. 1830s), and while he occasionally painted landscapes and was noted for his portraits, he is mostly appreciated for his still-life subjects-especially fruit but also fish and vegetables. Despite their distinctly different aesthetic, his vegetable and fish reflect the late nineteenth appreciation of the French eighteenth-century master Jean-Bapiste-Simeon Chardin in their evocation of a kitchen filled with the components of a meal about to be prepared. His landscapes probably were painted at Scalp-Level as Leisser painted the area frequently.

Member: Pittsburgh Art Society

Sources include:
Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers.
William H. Gerdts Art Across America, v.1

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