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Albert Francis King

American, (1854–1945)
Albert F. King (1854 - 1945) was born in Pittsburgh and became one of the city's best known artists. A member of the Scalp Level artists led by George Hetzel, King, although a generation younger, he traveled with the group to the remote area near Johnstown, Pennsylvania where they painted landscapes in the summer months. King also studied with Martin B. Leisser, a landscape and portrait painter who was an influential leader in Pittsburgh's art circles. King became a master in portraiture, but also painted still lifes, landscapes, and genre scenes often for his own pleasure. He made a living by painting portraits for the city's bank presidents and business professionals. Many portraits of the distinguished men of Pittsburgh hung in the Duquesne Club, a private club of which King was a member as well.
King was well versed in the tradition of table top still life painting as taught by George Hetzel and is responsible for carrying that tradition well into the 20th century. His Still Life with Onions, Brown Jug and Mackerel is an example of what is known as a kitchen picture with ingredients for a meal laid out ready for preparation. King's attention to detail is reflected in the meticulous rendering of the scales on the fish, the glaze on the pitcher, and the paper-thin skin of the onions. The shallow picture plane and dark background gives further dimension and realism to the objects on the table.

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