Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hugo Anton Fisher

Pali to Kailua View
oil on board
76.8 x 123.2 cm
other details unknown

Hugo Anton Fisher (1854-1916) was known for his skill in watercolor painting of landscapes. He gained critical praise for his work and became popular on both the East and West coasts. He exhibited in New York and California and was a member of the San Francisco Art Association. He lost many of his early paintings when his studio was destroyed in the San Francisco Earthquake in 1906.

He was the son and grandson of artists. Born in Kladno, Czechoslovakia, he remained in his native land to study art. He exhibited at the Paris Salon and at salons in Dresden and London. In 1874, he moved to New York at the age of 20, establishing a studio and gained a national reputation as one of the Hudson River School artists.

At age 32, in 1886, he moved to Alameda, California. He kept his studio in San Francisco, commuting back and forth to his Alameda home by ferry, usually using his commute time to skech the marshes and pastures as they floated by. He kept a studio in Honolullu for a short time while enjoying an extended visit to his son, cartoonist and artist Hugo Melville Fisher, who was working for a Honolulu paper, The Time.

Like many artists thriving in San Francisco in 1806, he lost a large portion of his work due to the quake. Not only did he lose studio work, but many of the paintings he had sold and which were hanging throughout the city. He died in Alameda, California in 1916.