Artist Biography

Hugo Melville FISHER
1878 - 1946

Hugo Melville Fisher was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 20, 1878, the son of artist Hugo Anton Fisher. At age eight Hugo Melville moved with his family to Alameda, California where he grew up. By that time his father had taught him to paint. After graduating from high school, he was in Hawaii for two years. Shortly after the turn of the century, he went to Europe and spent the next 16 years there. While in Paris, he studied with Whistler, Laurens, Bouguereau, and Benjamin-Constant. His exhibitions in London and Paris received favorable reviews from the local press. While there he was a member of the American Art Ass'n and Friars Club. Upon his return to New York in 1920, his paintings of the French Modernist school caused quite a stir. After 1925 he traveled constantly and made many trips around the world. Returning to Alameda in 1938, Fisher remained there until a brain tumor ended his life on September 30, 1946. Neither he nor his brother Harrison ever married and with their demise ended a long line of artists. His Modernist and Impressionist oils are often sand dunes and autumn scenes. Exhibited: California State Fair, 1891 (medal); Babcock Gallery (New York City), 1921; Ainslie Galleries (New York City), 1921-25; Duran-Ruel Galleries (Paris), 1937; Barker Bros (Los Angeles), 1938; Graves Gallery (San Francisco), 1940. Works held: Oakland Museum; Reading (Pennsylvania) Public Museum; Butler (Ohio) Inst.

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