Dennis Miller Bunker
(1861 - 1890)

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Dennis Miller Bunker is often remembered as an artist who 's career was cut short by a premature death
or as among the first to introduce Americans to Impressionism in 1888. He was a natural talent who followed
a prestigious path of study from William Merritt Chase at the National Academy of Design in New York to the
Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Academie Julian in Paris. Overseas Bunker painted and traveled with John Singer
Sargent and it's thought Sargent was the one who introduced Bunker to Claude Monet. Bunker returned with his
newly influenced style of painting and the American audience was not ready to for the change. Bunker became a
teacher at the Cowles School and influenced well-known American artists whose careers would be long remembered. 
He was also a portrait painter who rendered likenesses of the city's elite bringing him into the circles of prestigious
art collectors such as Isabella Stewart Gardner. Bunker died the Christmas of 1890 leaving a wife of only three
months and much speculation as the loss to the legacy of American art.

 

 

 

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