F. Usher DeVoll
(1873 - 1941)

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Providence Harbor




 

Frederick Usher De Voll is best known for his depictions of New York city and her harbors painted in a light-filled, pointillist style.  Born in Providence, Rhode Island on December 15th, 1873, DeVoll was a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design 24 years later.

From his studies in Providence he went on to New York and the Art Students League. There he learned among the best artistic talents in the country: William M. Chase, Charles Hawthorne, Robert Henri to name a few.  He would continue his studies in Paris with classes at the Académie Julian where he  received instruction from Jean-Paul Laurens.  De Voll exhibited widely around the country at the Corcoran Gallery (1910-37), the National Academy of Design (1907-22), and the Boston Arts Club (1908-09).  His talents were honored in 1915 with a Silver Medal at the Panama-Pacific Exposition at San Francisco for one of his New York scenes.  DeVoll was also a member of the Providence Art Club, the Providence Water Color Club, the Springfield Art Association and the American Artists Professional League.  With all of these accomplishments he inexplicably remains a relatively unknown talent in American art history.  De Voll was also a writer and authored  “William M. Chase: Reminiscences of a Student” (See Milgrome, David, “The Art of William Merritt Chase,” Diss., University of Pittsburgh, 1969, Appendix B).  New appreciation for the artist is growing as more and more of his works come to light.  DeVoll died in March of 1941.

 


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