Hugh Henry Breckenridge

Hugh Henry Breckenridge


Nationality: American

Birth Place: Leesburg (Loudoun county, Virginia, United States)

Long associated with Philadelphia as a modernist painter, Hugh Henry Breckenridge studied from 1887 to 1892 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he then taught for over forty years. He trained in the early 1890s at the Académie Julian with William-Adolphe Bouguereau and traveled throughout Europe with the Pennsylvania Impressionist Walter E. Schofield. Breckenridge's landscapes, portraits, and still lifes of the time reveal the influence of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, particularly a fascination with color.

A second trip to Europe with Schofield in 1909 made Breckenridge aware of more avant-garde trends. During the 1910s, he worked in a vigorous Neo-Impressionist style, which he referred to as "tapestry painting," and by 1922, he was exhibiting abstract paintings recalling the improvisations of Wassily Kandinsky. The landscapes of Gloucester, where he had established a school, inspired the painterly canvases of his late career.

Breckenridge is represented in numerous national museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Art; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans.


Hugh Henry Breckenridge Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
HUGH H. BRECKENRIDGE (American 1870 -1937) The Phlox Garden, circa 1906 Oil on canvas 25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm)
HUGH H. BRECKENRIDGE (American 1870 -1937)The Phlox Garden, circa 1906Oil on canvas25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm)...
Lot 23096
Auction 652
Friday, May 25, 2007
HUGH HENRY BRECKENRIDGE (American, 1870-1937) Sky Drama, circa 1917 Oil on canvas laid on board 12-3/4 x 10 inches (3
HUGH HENRY BRECKENRIDGE (American, 1870-1937)Sky Drama, circa 1917Oil on canvas laid on board12-3/4 x 10 inches (3...
Lot 68024
Auction 5198
Monday, November 17, 2014

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