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A modernist painter, Robert Hogue created still-lifes, landscapes, and portraits while also experimenting with lithography and etching. A wealthy man who painted for his own pleasure, Hogue produced a relatively small body of work. Born in Philadelphia, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He settled in New Hope in 1928. Hogue was a founding member of the Independents, a group of New Hope modernists who formed in 1930 to protest the Impressionists' domination of Phillips' Mill. Because of his interest in aviation, he was called the "The Flying Artist."
Photograph of Robert A. Hogue at his home at Windy Bush Road, Christmas c. 1950. Image courtesy of private collection.
Education and Training
Philadelphia School of Industrial Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1921
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1921-1924
Travel and study abroad, 1926-1928
Connection to Bucks County
Robert Hogue first arrived in the New Hope area in 1928 and moved to his studio home on Windy Bush Road, a building designed and built by fellow artist Lloyd Ney, in 1929.
Colleagues and Affiliations
R.A.D. Miller was a close friend of Hogue's from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Hogue was an original member of the Independents, a group of modernists who rebelled against the Impressionists' domination of the local art scene in 1930. Hogue was also a very close friend of fellow artist, Richard Rogers.
Members of the Independents included Peter Keenan, Charles Evans, Henry Baker, Ralston Crawford, Charles Frederick Ramsey, R.A.D. Miller, John D. Nevin, Charles Child, Faye Swengel Badura, Lloyd R. Ney, and Richard Rogers.
Hogue served as secretary for the organization and was a prominent figure in establishing a permanent gallery for the group on Mechanics Street in 1933. The building was formerly occupied by primitive painter Joseph Pickett.
Robert A. Hogue (1901-1966), Still Life. Oil. 24 x 32 inches. Image courtesy of private collection.
Major Group Exhibitions
Phillips' Mill Community Association Spring Show, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1929
New Group Exhibit, New Hope Gallery, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1930
Initial Exhibit of the Independents, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1933
Independents Exhibition, Mellon Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1933
Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1942
50th Anniversary Retrospective Art Exhibition, Phillips' Mill Community Association, New Hope, 1979
New Hope Modernists 1917-1950, Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1991
Wilmington Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware
Member of the Independents
Robert A. Hogue (1901-1966), Nude Hairdo. Pastel. 24 x 32 inches. Image courtesy of private collection.