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    FREDERICK ARTHUR BRIDGMAN (American 1847-1927)
    King David, 1877
    Oil on canvas
    30in. x 25in.
    Signed and dated lower right: F. A. Bridgman 1877

    Provenance: Alexander Gallery, New York City; to private collection, Dallas, Texas

    Born and raised in Alabama, Frederick A. Bridgman was one of the few great American practitioners of the Orientalist genre whose role was critical in the period between 1870 and 1880, the formative years of Orientalism in America. As a young man, he moved from Alabama to New York where he studied at the National Academy of Design in 1863. Three years later, he began a life-long residency in Paris where he became one of the leading and earliest members of the Pont-Aven artists' colony in Brittany. Bridgman studied from 1867 to 1871 with French academic master Jean-Leon Gerome who encouraged his students to paint exotic historical subjects. In 1872, Bridgman made the first of many trips to Spain and North Africa. He specialized in Orientalist and archaeological subjects, and his detailed, brilliantly colored, exotic scenes, especially of Algeria and Egypt, brought him tremendous fame and patronage in the 1870s and 1880s. His paintings are housed in important public collections, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, National Academy of Design, Newark Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


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    May, 2004
    21st-22nd Friday-Saturday
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