{Artist} Arthur Hacker

Happy Friday dolls! It's been a very busy week for me, back and forth to my oldest's drama classes as she had performances this week and I had an eye test to get new glasses - which I'm going to pick up today & spend the rest of the day with a headache getting used to them, ha! I'll try and take pictures of myself in them - they are Clark Kent meets Cat Woman like, love them - my husband picked them out for me :) The weather has been up and down...mostly rain and cold. Which has left me feeling completely wiped out. I decided on an artist today that I always find a calming peace in when I look at his paintings. I think it's what many need by the end of the week, some solace and rest. So, I hope you enjoy them & have a wonderful weekend! 

Loves & loves
xoxox


Mini Bio

Arthur Hacker was an English classicist painter. Born in London in 1858, he was the son of Edward Hacker, a line engraver. He went to the RA schools before studying in Paris under Leon Bonnat - who happened to be internationally famous as a portrait painter and a lifelong friend of Degas. Bonnat was an ideal teacher for Hacker - because he went on to become a fashionable portrait painter himself. 

He painted genre and historical scenes early in his career, such as 'The Waters of Babylon' and 'The Annunciaton' which was brought by the Chantrey Bequest in 1892. As an indirect result of the success of this painting, he was elected an associate of the RA and soon after began teaching at the Academy, when he partially abandoned subject painting in favour of portraiture, in which he achieved a considerable amount of success.  and then turned to myths and allegories later on. 

He was elected an Academician in 1910 and began to paint a series of London street scenes, including A Wet Night in Piccadilly Circus, which met with mixed reception from the critics who were not prepared for a painting of this nature, which was far more modern in its treatment that anything else Hacker had produced. In his later years he returned to painting mythological and allegorical subjects. He died on Wednesday, 12 November 1919 in London, where he had resided all his life, and was buried at Brookwood Cemetery near Woking, Surrey.

I enjoy how throughout his work, he was able to change his style several times, from French academic style in the late 1880's & then Pre-Raphaelite, symbolist, poetic-rustic and other simple genre figures, to me it shows not just a set talent or eye for one thing, but the ability to adapt and change and grow and express at all times no matter what. Artists like that really sit well with me the most, no matter my mood, I can always find myself in their paintings daydreaming.



Some of his works - but please, there are far more beautiful ones to discover - this is just a taste - I'll be adding many on my tumblr soon:



The Cloud - 1902



The Temptation of Sir Percival - 1894


The Sea Maiden



Autumn - 1907



Portrait of a Girl - 1896



By The Waters of Babylon - 1888



 The Cloister or the World, 1896.


And There Was a Great Cry in Egypt. 1897.



A Bacchante - 1913



Daphne



A Nude Bacchante with a Faun



Abundance - 1916

84 comments

  1. Lovely! His work reminds me of that of the Pre-Raphaelites, and some Waterhouse and Lord Leighton as well. Thank you for this mini art lesson! Looking forward to seeing you in your new glasses :) p.s. Speaking of art lessons, have you seen this ;) http://bikbikroro.blogspot.sg/2012/10/excursion.html

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    1. Yes, he worked in that genre too :) I'll have a look at this post, sounds interesting xx

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    1. a very talented man :)



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  3. hi my dear ...happy day

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  4. Your glasses sound amazing, can't wait to see them - hope they don't take too much getting used to! Yet AGAIN Kizzy you've introduced me to more fabulous artworks that I have really fallen for - The Sea Maiden is just beautiful!

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    1. Am glad you enjoyed it doll :) He's one of my favourites :))) Hope you have a great weekend xox

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  5. I've loved his works, and this is a great example of how detailed he was at capturing lasting expressions and such a delicate tone in his work. Happy weekend dear! xx Can't wait to see the new specs!

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    1. I agree :) I shall take a picture this weekend if I can :)) Still getting used to them, bit weird at the moment. But, I love them :)) Happy weekend xx

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    1. Am really happy you love them doll :))) x

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing this! I love painting...His talent is really impressive!

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    1. You're welcome. It's a pleasure :)))) He's a favourite. Have a wonderful weekend doll xx

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  8. Happy weekend lovely Kizzy, enjoy and celebrate the birthday of the littlest lady - 2 years old, so fab. My eldest turns 7 - I cannot believe how time flies:) Enjoy a fun-filled weekend with your lovely family.
    Axx
    PS: love this artist too
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    1. Happy weekend to you too!! Indeed, our ladies are getting older. Happy Birthday to your sweety too, so lovely they share the same day of birth!!! Time is flying fast!! Enjoy <3 <3 <3

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  9. enjoy your weekend, pretty lady. can't wait to see your new glasses. i'm sure you will look quite spec-tacular! x

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    1. I will for sure. You too doll!! I shall take some pictures in my new glasses :)) x

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  10. that's impressive!
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  12. Beautiful paintings!!
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  13. thanks for the bday wishes!
    I like the Daphne one..very ethereal.

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  14. I really like the sea maiden! Isn't it sad that men loved women's softness and now we try to starve it all away?

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    1. women were adored for their curves in paintings, hardly nowhere do you see a stick thin woman in a painting unless she's a child or young girl. Women were painted as they were not as society thought they should be, they were muses to be loved and adored. They inspired paintings and moments...these days we have lost that, such a shame!! If your naturally thin, love yourself. If your naturally with a bit more curves, you should love yourself too...we are all unique and beautiful as we've been made :)) xx

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  15. Awwwww I'll always be in love with period paintings & images like these....so perfect to look at on a rainy day....& I cant wait to see you in your new specs! Happy Moms Day Doll!

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    1. Me too...they are so dreamy and full of emotions and wonderment. Am glad you enjoyed them. I shall get a photo taken this weekend, hopefully. Happy Mother's Day to you too sweets xx

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  16. Thank you for this delicious present, dear Kizzy.Even your comments are pure poetry.
    Have a fantastic weekend.
    It will be our last one with Rebecca, so will shall make the most of it.
    XXXXXXXXXX

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    1. De nada :) So sweet. Enjoy your moments with your daughter my dear, such a grand time to be swept away in!! XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  17. They are so, so beautiful paintings! My favorite is the Sea Maiden...

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  18. Sooooo gorgeous :) Looking forward to seeing you new glasses! xx

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  20. His works look so real! I feel anyone who can do portraits can paint ANYthing! Because that is so hard to do. I liked that he mixed things up throughout his career and didn't do just one thing. I can relate, because I hate talking about just one subject. Great post Kizzy! You have got to take a picture with your new glasses Kizzy! I know they're cute :). Have a great weekend doll. It's raining cats and dogs here too.

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    1. I shall be taking one indeed, hope you're weekend is going grand xxxx

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  21. Really looking forward to the Clark Kent meets Cat Woman glasses. Happy Friday, luv!

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  22. I remember studying Arthur Hacker's work in school so thanks for the refresher. I bet you look smashing in your new glasses and look forward to seeing them on you!

    Thanks for your continued cheer and support! You're the best Kizzy.

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  23. I love the mood in these photos - they are just so dreamy and the emotions really vary!

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  24. They don't make figures like that anymore...tiny waists and skin almost tranluscent

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  25. Wow!!! I really find his works so calming love them all, cant wait to see you in your new eye glasses, think i need one too have been given prescriptions so many times, it's time i think of having one. Oh i wanna see you in those eye glasses. I only got my burst size done at M&S, think i need to get it done somewhere else tomorrow.
    Have a beautiful weekend sweetie.
    Kisses.

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    1. Am glad you enjoyed doll. I shall take a pic soon. Sweet, let me know when you can :))) Hope your weekend is going brilliantly doll! Kisses.

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  26. I seen you tweeting about the glasses recently Doll, I never knew that you used glasses, I bet that you rock them! Love these paintings too, I really want certain ones!

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  27. Beautiful paintings.
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  28. Great painter!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!!! and my g+ for you!!!

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  29. Wonderful paintings! I love the sea maiden! Lucy www.tpinkcarpet.com

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  30. What a great artist doll, thanks for sharing!
    xx

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  31. wow soo beautiful! :) i love english rococo art and his artwork has a hint of rococo style! very nice :)

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  32. Such gorgeous work, dreamy... Can't wait to see new glasses! I hope you have a super fun weekend Kizzy!
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    1. Ahh...thanks so much, I appreciate that a lot :)))) xx

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  35. If I had looked at these paintings BEFORE reading the text, I would never have thought they were all painted by the same artist! I'm impressed by the way Hacker dared to try so many different styles, and actually managed to be good at them all! But as you say all these paintings have a restful calmness about them. Even the dramatic "And there was a great cry in Egypt". Love how the soft, blurry lines of the angel ends in that sharp sword... :) xox

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    1. I know it, he was amazing. He's a favourite :))) Hope you had a great weekend sweets xox

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  36. Happy Weekend ,kisses <3 :)

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  37. I didn't know him, thanks for sharing!
    His paints remind me a bit to those fo Sir Lawerence Alma-Tadema my favourite painter of that era!!
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    1. You're welcome doll, am happy you enjoyed. xoxox

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  38. Didn't knw the artist but loved his work!
    Hope you have a happy Sunday :)

    Lau

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  39. His works shows how very talented he is
    and you cannot peg him into just one style
    yet everything you've shown here are really works of just one master.

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  40. god.. so beautiful! i love the first painting :)

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  41. Fabulous work and beautiful inspiration . . .

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  42. wow looks like italian rinascimento style,I love it!!
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  43. Great work, great post. Kisses

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  44. hello!!!this is a very educational post... I´m always enjoying your posts, hope you had a great weekend...
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  45. Wow, such lush, gorgeous work! Thanks for sharing Kizzy! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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  46. Beautiful work!!!!!
    How was your weekend?
    My husband & I went to see The Great Gatsby- we loved it!!!!! It really transports you back to 1922!!!! I loved the costume design & sets!!!! Such a feast for the eyes!!!!!
    Have a great Monday Kizzy!!!!!
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  47. ABSOLUTELY love this artist!! I have art that resembles this!! I have many with Cupid and Psyche. LOVE love love!!! xoxo

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