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52: Frank Duveneck (Ohio, 1848-1919), Venetian Interior

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Frank Duveneck (Ohio, 1848-1919), Venetian Interior 

Oil on canvas, with modern tag attached to verso that reads Venetian Interior, signed l.l. with monogram; 18.75 x 14.75 in.

A notable artist and educator, Frank Duveneck is well known for his paintings of realistic subject matter. Trained in Munich, Germany at the Royal Academy there, much of Duveneck's early work exhibits a dark and moody color palette. Such can be seen in this interior view, probably executed ca 1880s, when Duveneck spent an extended period of time in Germany and Italy. Deep browns, muted greys, and overall earthy tones envelope the small room. Stylistically, the example here is characteristic of the "Munich School" of painting that influenced so many many Cincinnati artists with a German heritage.

Later in life, Duveneck fully adopted a loose, spontaneous approach to painting and a darker palette. The influence he wielded as an instructor in Cincinnati at the Art Academy for many years rubbed off on his students: James Whistler and Robert Henri, to name a few, adopted many of Duveneck's stylistic tendencies. 


Relined; craquelure. Clean under blacklight.
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