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Hugo Anton Fisher sketch, Honlulu
Hugo Anton Fisher sketch,
Honolulu Gazette, 1896
Hugo Anton Fisher 1854 - 1916

Hugo Anton Fisher was the son and grandson of artists. He continued the family line by having two artist sons of his own, Hugo Melville Fisher and Harrison Fisher.

He was born in Kladno, Czechoslovakia and studied with his father and with Anton Mauve. He exhibited at the Paris Salon and at salons in Dresden and London. He moved to New York in 1874 at the age of 20, establishing a studio and gained a national reputation as one of the Hudson River School artists.

At age 32, 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 in 1896, who was working for a Honolulu paper, The Time.

Like many artists thriving in San Francisco in 1906, Hugo Anton Fisher 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

His signature varies widely, including different slants. Here is the timeline on which we base our conclusions: He came to NYC in 1874; his famous sons were born there in 1877 and 1878.

A New York scenery painting is signed H. Fisher with a right slant. They moved to

California in 1886. A print copyrighted 1893 is signed H. Fisher with a left slant, and there are excellent Barbizon-influenced oil paintings. The style of these oil paintings would tend to place them in the 19th Century when Barbizon and Tonalist works were being produced by famous painters generally. At this time, his sons were in their teens. Watercolors signed Hugo Fisher, both slants, may then have distinguished him from Harrison Fisher. Finally very large impressive gouaches in expensive frames were signed Hugo A. Fisher, denoting both his commercial success and the need to distinguish from his son Hugo Melville Fisher as well as Harrison. His works are held by the Oakland Museum of California.

Sources : The Honolulu Gazette, Tuesday June 26, 1896, http://www.americanillustration.org; Artists in California 1786 - 1940, Edan Milton Hughes, 3d ed.

Fisher Hugo Pasture Pond Mid .jpg
Woman Fishing at Pasture Pond
Fisher Hugo Anton Cows Mid .jpg
Grazing cattle in expansive landscape
Fisher Hugo Anton Marin Pastoral Mid .jpg
"Marin Pastoral"
Hugo Anton Fisher Landscape Waterfall Midsized Thumbnail
Landscape Waterfal
Hugo Anton Fisher Sheep in Spring Meadow Midsized Thumbnail
Sheep in Spring Meadow
Hugo Anton Fisher Six Sheep
Six Sheep

Fisher Hugo Anton Cows in Marsh Mid .jpg
Cows in marsh
Hugo Anton Fisher Marsh Landscape
Marsh Landscape
Hugo Anton Fisher Rocky River Landscape Attributed Midsized Thumbnail
Rocky River Landscape
Hugo Anton Fisher Niagra Falls
Niagra Falls
Fisher Hugo Anton Print Mid .jpg
Vintage Print 1893
"Homeward Bound"

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