Alfred Mitchell was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1888, and moved to San Diego in 1909 where he studied with Maurice Braun. Mitchell continued his education at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Whileworking and living on the east coast, Mitchell’s palette brightened up considerably and upon his return to San Diego he distinguished himself as an excellent colorist. Alfred Mitchell was a co-founder of the San Diego Art Guild, and a major figure in San Diego Plein Air painting.
''Woods Leading to Reservoir at Chard, Somerset, England'', signed lower left: Alfred Mitchell, titled verso, oil on canvas laid to panel, 23.5'' H x 16.5'' W, est: $4000/6000.
Alfred Richard Mitchell
ALFRED RICHARD MITCHELL
After receiving his initial artistic education in San Diego under Maurice Braun, Alfred Mitchell studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and traveled in Europe before returning to California. He would later serve as President of the San Diego Art Guild and was among those who signed the incorporation papers for the Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, which today is known as The San Diego Museum of Art.
While Mitchell may have sympathized with the new, he was essentially a realist, a product of the academy, a colorist whose approach to art was less theoretical and more straight forward. His work was based on sound academic training. In 1937 it was said of his work: “Alfred Mitchell paints drama too, but in a different way. He paints not nature’s moods but her portrait in jewel-like brilliance. Delighting in strong color, he paints dramatic contrasts rather than subtleties.”