Lucius Richard O’Brien
Born in Shanty Bay, Ontario in 1832. Died in Toronto, Ontario in 1899. After studying art at Upper Canada College in Toronto with John G. Howard, Lucius O’Brien RCA undertook a career as an engineer. Around 1872, he joined the Ontario Society of Artists, and became vice-president between 1873 and 1880. He was one of the founding members of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1880). In 1892, he began to paint and teach in Toronto. O’Brien is considered one of Canada’s best landscape painters, both for watercolours and oils. His subjects are mainly from Ontario, but he also painted in Western Canada. His works, because of their light, are reminiscent of the paintings by American artists Thomas Eakins and Albert Bierstadt.
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