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Alfred de Bréanski (senior)

Biography of Artist

Alfred de Bréanski was a distinguished landscape painter who became famous for his resplendent views of the Welsh and Scottish Highlands; he also painted many views of the Thames. Often bathed in a flood of golden light, these landscapes usually feature water and cattle or sheep on grassy banks; sometimes a solitary figure is seen the distance. Bréanski belonged to the real stamp of those landscape painters who nimbly seized moments of the day. He had a great passion for the Highlands and perhaps more than any other, caught the atmospheric influences of the undulating landscape. Born in London, Alfred was the eldest son of Leopold Bréanski; his younger brother and sister, Gustave and Julie, were also painters. He made his debut at the Royal Academy in 1872 and he continued to exhibit there until 1918. He also exhibited at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Cambrian Academy. He became a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1890.His many patrons included Sir James Lemon and the Bishop of Peterborough, who purchased the first picture that he exhibited at the Royal Academy "Evening: Softly falls the even light". He usually inscribed his pictures with the title and the date on the reverse.
Cookham, Berks 1880
Greenwich 1883
London 1887
Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham x 9
Dudley Gallery x 9
Grosvenor Art Gallery x 1
Glasgow Institute x 6
International Society x 4
Walker Art Gallery x 11
Manchester City Art Gallery x 2
Royal Academy x 24
Royal Society of British Artists x 40
Royal Cambrian Academy x 8
Royal Hibernian Academy x 2
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours x 3
Royal Institute of Oil Painters x 12
Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery x 12.