Artist of the moment………Fidelia Bridges

 

 

Fidelia Bridges was an American painter renown for her wonderful paintings which were used for greeting cards. The first picture in the gallery is a sample of her work that was used for an Easter card. Fidelia Bridges was born in Salem, Massachusetts in the year 1834.

Her father was the captain of a steamship. Bridges’ mother and father both passed away when the artist was only fifteen years old. After this her older sister who was a teacher became in charge of the family. Bridges attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts where she was taught by the wonderful William Trost Richards. Bridges also studied abroad in Rome for a brief period.

William Trost Richards would serve as a lifelong friend and she became close to his family. Through Richards Bridges was introduced to many museum curators and collectors who expressed an interest in Bridges’ art.

Bridges was elected to membership in the National Academy of Design.

In this clip we view many works by Bridges, many which were used for greeting cards:

Fidelia Bridges passed away in 1934 at the age of 89 years of age.

With such wonderful designs the work of Fidelia Bridges reminds me of another artist renown for her paintings of flowers, Mary Elizabeth Price. Her subject matter of birds, nests, and flowers reminds me of artist Kathy Anderson.

 

Price range information: Bridges was a master painter in oils, and later in her career watercolors. Watercolors start around $8,000 and oils can reach $40,000. She created some lithographs but no price range is available for her prints.

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