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Frederick Arthur Bridgman

Born: Nov 10, 1847

Death: Jan 13, 1928

Birthplace: Tuskegee

Nationality: United States

Frederick Arthur Bridgman

Date of Birth : Nov 10, 1847
Date of Death : Jan 13, 1928
Birth Place : Tuskegee

Frederick Arthur Bridgman was an American artist known for his paintings of "Orientalist" subjects. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, he was the son of a physician. He began as a draughtsman in New York City, for the American Bank Note Company in 1864–65, and studied art in the same years at the Brooklyn Art Association and at the National Academy of Design. He went to Paris in 1866, and in 1867 he entered the studio of the noted academic painter Jean-Leon Gerome, where he was deeply influenced by Gerome's precise draftsmanship, smooth finishes, and concern for Middle-Eastern themes. Thereafter, Paris became his headquarters. In 1874, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full member in 1881. Bridgman made his first trip to North Africa between 1872 and 1874, dividing his time between Algeria and Egypt. There he executed approximately three hundred sketches, which became the source material for several later oil paintings that attracted immediate attention. Bridgman became known as "the American Gerome", although Bridgman would later adopt a more naturalistic aesthetic, emphasizing bright colors and painterly brushwork.

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