|Artist||Lucas, N.A., Albert Pike|
|Title||House in the Trees|
|Date||1900 - 1910|
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Collection||American Impressionist Collection|
|Credit line||Gift of Mr. Floyd Triggs|
Albert Pike Lucas was an American landscape, figure, and portrait painter who created lyrical works that reveal a sympathetic intimacy with nature. Using a rich and glowing color scheme, he was considered a master of diffused light. Lucas preferred to paint nocturnes and twilight scenes, working within the two sensibilities. His work reflects the last vestiges of the French Romantic tradition, where an emphasis is placed on emotion and individualism. He also embraced concepts of Impressionism, with emphasis on the atmospheric conditions of light and the depiction of ordinary subject matter.
Born in Jersey City, Lucas studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1882 to 1899 under noted artists Louis Boulanger and George Héber, and later under Pascal-Adolph Jéan Dagnan-Bouveret and Gustave Courtois. Under their tutelage, Lucas won a medal at the Paris Salon of 1896. Dagnan-Bouveret, an illustrator for Emile Zola's novels, referenced the new medium of photography for his source material to create realistic compositions inspired by daily life and naturalistic scenes. The paintings of Lucas reveal a similar familiarity with pictorial photography. After a trip to Italy, Lucas settled in New York in 1902, where he established his studio.