Albert Pike Lucas
Albert Pike Lucas (1862–1945) was an American landscape, figure, and portrait painter; also a sculptor. He was born in Jersey City, and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts (1882–1888) in Paris below Hébert and Boulanger and later under Courtois and Dagman-Bouveret. At the Salon of 1896 he won a medal. After a sojourn in Italy he arranged in New York in 1902. His painting is distinctly personal, with the lyric note predominant, and shows positive intimacy taking into account nature, especially in her larger and more perplexing aspects. His handling is broad yet conscientious, his color plot rich and glowing, and he excels in the direction of diffused light, as seen most strikingly in his well-known "Golden Madonna." He painted by preference nocturnes and twilight scenes, such as "October Breezes" (National Gallery, of Art, Washington), "The Little Church upon the Hill," and "Walking adjoining the Wind." He as a consequence painted portraits of many prominent persons. A great specimen of his put on an act as a sculptor is the statuette "Ecstasy," in the Metropolitan Museum, New York.