Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Frank Duveneck (1848 – 1919)

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Frank Duveneck

Following on from Tai-Shan Schierenberg and his compelling brush work is another master and virtuoso with the brush Frank Duveneck who was a celebrated American artist in his day but has now dropped into obscurity.
Venetian Fruit Market

This study of heads and hands done in 1879 is now in the Cincinnati Art Museum the city were he taught.

The following details illustrates his brushwork well, we can see how he painted across the form rather than with it as I tend to do.

Also worth noting is his use of saturated and desaturated colours.

Most of his paintings tended to be low key with a close value range.

Keeping it simple and not fussing is one lesson from these paintings.

Although he could do the more refined painting popular during his time.
Girl with Rake


Thomas Haskett said...

Excellent 'rediscovery' Dave. How did you come across Duveneck? Love the brushwork in the studies.

You're portraits are excellent, really like the 'new' ones

Unknown said...

Thanks for the intro Dave, its rather a shame he is not well known because as you say that brushwork is superb. Definately something to aspire to.

Journeyman said...

Hi Tom, don’t know if you have visited the Museum Syndicate? That’s were I found Duveneck, it’s a great resource, over 66 thousand paintings and photos and 11thousand artists! It’s searchable by Artist, Country or Museum. It’s were I go to relax, I even play the Jigsaw game :)

Journeyman said...

That’s what I thought Tina, apparently he was very popular as a teacher in Italy and Germany before returning to the States.

Susan said...

Love seeing his masterful brushwork - many thanks for finding him and letting us know about him.

Journeyman said...

Hi Susan, your own brushwork is something to admire as well :)

Sascha Karschner said...


Dustonpaper from way back from wetcanvas here (I left WC a long time ago).

Do you happen to know a good book on Duvenecks work ? I cannot find much :(

All the best, Sascha

Journeyman said...

Hi Sacha, good to hear from you, it’s a pity you don’t post your work on WC anymore following your progress was very inspiring can we see it anywhere else?

The only books on Duveneck that I know of are one by Norbert Heermann first published in 1923, I think it is being offered as a print on demand.. And Paintings by Frank Duveneck, 1848-1919 from the Whitney first published 1938, also available print on demand. I don’t have a copy of either book so can’t give you a personal account.

All the best, Dave.

Sascha Karschner said...

Hi Dave,

thank you for the tip, I will try to find the books (if I get them at a nice price).

I still post new stuff on facebook, if you use facebook you can add me.

Also set up a website a while ago:

All the best to you Dave, see you around,

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