Frank Alfred Bicknell

Artist Biography

Frank Alfred Bicknell was a prolific American Impressionist who traveled to far-reaching sites including Bermuda, the French countryside, Japan and the Eastern Mediterranean. A prominent member of the Old Lyme artist colony, he also created vivid landscape paintings of Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Born in Augusta, Maine, Bicknell studied art in Paris at the Academie Julian and began exhibiting at the National Academy of Design at the age of twenty-one. The texture, rigorous brushwork, and bright plein air effects of his work reflect the Impressionist technique that Bicknell absorbed in Paris. He moved to Old Lyme, Connecticut in 1902, exhibited at the Boston Art Club, the Paris Salon and the Copley Society of Boston. Bicknell’s work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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