Frank Duveneck
(1848 - 1919)

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Born in Covington, Kentucky, Frank Duveneck had the birth name of Frank Decker. He became a well-trained academic painter whose work ranged from single figures in interiors to plein air canvases of figures in landscape. His styles included Realism, Social Realism, and Impressionism, and his work was ever influenced by the dark tones and vigorous brush-strokes of the Munich style, which he learned at the Munich Academy in the 1870s.

In 1875, he went to Europe and opened an art school in Munich, and many Americans who became known as "Duveneck's Boys," studied with him.  Several years later, he opened his school in Italy where he spent the winters in Florence and the summers in Venice.  In 1879, he and his followers went to Venice where he began etching, and briefly shared a studio with James Whistler in order to learn from him.  During this period, his painting changed drastically from dark interiors with heavy, impasto paint to outdoor, plein air painting in much lighter colors giving the appearance of sunlight.

In 1888, Duveneck returned to Cincinnati where he taught at the Cincinnati Art Academy, spending summers in Gloucester, Massachusetts painting impressionistic landscapes and seascapes.

 

 

 

 

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