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The Estate of Peter Williams Upcoming Solo Exhibition TBA Spring 2020

Peter Williams, Silks, Churchill, Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches


Eisele Gallery of Fine Art announces representation of the estate of artist Peter Williams (1934-2018) & Upcoming solo art exhibition in Spring 2020 To Be Announced

(Cincinnati, Ohio) - Eisele Gallery of Fine Art proudly announces its exclusive representation of the estate of international artist Peter Williams (1924-2018). The gallery is planning a solo exhibition of works by Peter Williams in early 2020. The Gallery is honored to add the masterpieces of Peter Williams to their diverse inventory of artwork for the 19 century to today. Known for his equestrian images of iconic racetracks the upcoming exhibition will include several paintings featuring the regional racetracks Keeneland and Churchill Downs.

About Peter Williams (1934 - 2018)  
New Zealand-born artist Peter Williams, a beloved and familiar figure in the paddocks of the most famous racetracks in the world, died at the age of 84 at his home in Goshen, Kentucky on August 13, 2018 after battling the debilitating effects of Lyme disease in recent years.
By his own admission, with a few notable exceptions, aspiring artists in New Zealand in the early 1950s had two options, teach or starve. Painting became a pastime for Peter Williams while he worked as a shepherd and continued to be an important part of his life when he had a small property of his own farming sheep and cattle. He was encouraged in his art, which, because of his talent, led to emerging recognition, winning awards and landing exhibits in New Zealand and Australia. 
Because of this success, Qantas Airlines invited him to be a guest on their inaugural 747 flight to the United States in 1971. That opportunity led to a yearlong adventure traveling the U.S. with his wife and three young children in a small motor home, painting and exhibiting.
Ten years later he and his family repeated the trip and all three children attended art school and painted scenes from life alongside their artist father. A chance meeting with Richard Stone Reeves, who specialized in equine art, resulted in a commission to paint racing scenes. Peter spent more time in the United States, visiting racetracks and equine sporting venues while building a vast international network of friends and collectors. His collaboration with Reeves was mutually successful and lasted for five years.
Peter realized that seeing someone painting from life was a novelty and a fun distraction for many attending racing and sporting events. A unique combination of talent, his outgoing nature and self-deprecating sense of humor were irresistible. He was in demand stateside and Kentucky became a second home for him, largely because of the welcoming atmosphere at Keeneland and Churchill Downs.
Despite his abiding fondness for capturing the beauty, personalities and excitement of racing and equine sport, he went on to paint a wide variety of subjects.  Vintage automobiles, flower gardens, architecture, marine subjects, landscapes, figure studies and special events, always from life and almost always executed in oil, take shape quickly on his canvas.

Eisele Gallery

Eisele Gallery, located in Cincinnati, Ohio has long been recognized as one of the most respected fine art galleries in the Midwest. The gallery features a large selection of Traditional and Contemporary artwork. They also work with museum quality estates and collections. Eisele Gallery’s renowned exhibition program fosters excellence within artistic practice, while promoting both emerging established nationally and internationally recognized artists.

Eisele Gallery of Fine Art

Location: 5729 Dragon Way, Cincinnati, OH  45227  

(Located off Wooster Pike/Rt.50 near Red Bank Rd.)

Admission:  Eisele Gallery is free and open to the public

Parking:  Ample free parking on site

David C Smith 513.791.7717 ext.109

Artist Peter Williams

All images courtesy of the Estate of Peter Williams and Eisele Gallery of Fine Art

Frank Duveneck, Eisele Gallery

Frank Duveneck's 171st Birthday

Frank Duveneck; Courtesy of the Kenton Co. Public Library, Covington.

This year Frank Duveneck has been gone for 100 years. He was born on October 9th, 1848 and died at age 71 on January 2nd, 1919. In honor of his legacy we are posting about Duveneck's interesting personal life and career.

Frank Duveneck was born on October 9th, 1848 as Frank Decker in Covington Kentucky, across the river from the Ohio border [2]. His parents were German immigrants and his father, Bernhard Decker died in a cholera epidemic when Frank was only a year old [3]. The following year Frank’s mother married a businessman named Joseph Duveneck. Frank was informally called Frank Duveneck until he changed his name in 1886, the year he was married to Elizabeth Booth Duveneck.   

Duveneck began painting in his early teens and was employed as an assistant to Wilhelm Lamprecht (1838 – after 1901), a successful German-born decorator [2]. With Lamprecht he decorated coaches and painted signs. By the the early 1860's his artistic gifts were sufficiently noted and he was apprenticed in an altar-making shop called the Institute of Catholic Art.  He was also taught by religious painter Johann Schmitt [1]. In 1869, Duveneck traveled to Munich at age 21. He intended to continue his study of church decoration. However, he soon became interested in becoming an easel painter and in 1870 enrolled in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He studied under Alexander Strahuber (1814-1882) and Wilhelm Diez (1839-1907). Some of his best works, including the well-known "Whistling Boy" (1872, Cincinnati Art Museum), date from this period. They are painted in a vigorous style that reflects the influence of Wilhelm Leibl (1844-1900), who was the leader of a group of young German realists strongly influenced by the Frenchman Gustave Courbet (1819-1877). Duveneck was also interested in the Old Masters, especially the Dutch and Flemish painters of the seventeenth century. His early style, with its generally dark colors and expressive brushwork, was a melding of contemporary German practice with Old Master techniques. [2] 

Frank Duvneck, The Whistling Boy, 1872, Oil on Canvas, 27.8” x 21.1” 
Gift of the Artist, Cincinnati Art Museum Collection 
This painting was originally titled "The Smoking Boy." Art censors at the time forced Frank Duveneck to paint out the cigarette in the boy's hand, leaving us with the painting which now hangs in the Cincinnati Art Museum. 

In 1873, Duveneck returned to Cincinnati due to fear of a cholera epidemic. In the following year, he held a small exhibition there of portraits he had painted in Germany. Due to the lack of interest in his Munich Realism style in Cincinnati ,at the time, he resorted to teaching an art class at the Ohio Mechanic Institute. This began his long career as a charismatic teacher. Some of his most prominent students include, Dixie Selden, Robert Blum, Kenyon Cox, Joseph Decamp and John Twachtman. [5] 
Duveneck left Cincinnati in 1875 and headed to Boston. His greatest early success came in Boston, when an exhibition of his works created a sensation, largely due to the vitality and spontaneity of his painting style. Although encouraged to settle in Boston and paint portraits on commission, Duveneck decided to return to Europe that same year, taking with him his friend Henry Farny and his young student John Twachtman [5]. He set up a studio in Munich and began to develop a substantial reputation among the many Americans studying in the city such as William Merritt Chase, Walter Shirlaw and J. Frank Currier [5]. Following a trip to Venice in 1877, Duveneck started his own painting school in Munich, which soon attracted numerous artists. His pupils, including approximately 20 devoted young men, affectionally called Duveneck “Old Man” and themselves “The Boys” [5]. This included such artists as Theodore Wendel (1859-1932), John White Alexander (1856-1915), John H. Twachtman (1853-1902), George Hopkins, Louis Ritter and Joseph Decamp. During the next two years, Duveneck and his students remained in Italy, spending the winters in Florence and the summers in Venice [2]. Women from the Anglo-American community joined Duveneck’s classes in Florence. Included in this circle was Elizabeth Boott, an admirer of Duveneck since his Boston exhibition in 1875. Duveneck later married Boott after a long courtship in 1886. Her sudden death just two years after their marriage devastated Duveneck. Broken in spirit he turned to the care of their infant son Francis over to his in-laws in Boston and made his way gome to Greenup street in Covington Kentucky. Here Maria Longworth Storer, founder of Rookwood Pottery, made plans for his return concerning the Art Academy of Cincinnati [5]. 
In 1890 tensions were growing at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, previously known as the McMicken School of Design. It was ran by Thomas S. Noble, his conservative administration was criticized. Due to the lack of variety of classes the call for new instructors trained in Europe was in high demand. After Storer threatened to start her own art academy with Frank Duveneck as her star teacher, the Art Academy brought him on and he became a full time instructor in 1900. One of his most favored students was Dixie Selden, who he referred to as “the little one” [5]. All of his students were highly influenced by his dark Munich Style, however ten years earlier in 1890 Duveneck also changed his painting style to lighter colors and less somber lighting. Perhaps in response to Italian light and subject matter [2]. During this time Duveneck returned frequently to Europe and also taught in Chicago and New York. He won many prizes and served on numerous exhibition juries. He was elected an Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1905 and made a full member the following year. In 1915 an entire room of his works was shown to great acclaim at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, and he was awarded a Special Gold Medal of Honor. Before his death in Cincinnati on January 2, 1919, the artist donated a large and important group of his works to the Cincinnati Art Museum, which remains the center for Duveneck studies.  

In 1903 Frank Duvneck was one of the most popular artists in America. Henry James called him “the unsuspected genius" and famed painter John Singer Sargent also declared he was “the greatest genius of the American brush.”[1]. He was then commissioned by Bishop Maes to create religious murals for the Roman Catholic St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, Kentucky. He painted them in his roomy studio at the Cincinnati Art Museum, a space given to him because of his teaching position with the Art Academy. They were painted on canvas and he worked on them for four and a half years. In December 1909, he put the finishing touches on the last panel. The following month, amid great fanfare and public excitement, the finished three-panel triptych and smaller mural were exhibited in the main entrance hall of the Cincinnati Art Museum. They would be installed in the cathedral’s chapel later that May. They were preserved by William E. Blank in 1920 [1].

Frank Duveneck’s magnificent triptych mural in the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption is considered a masterpiece of sacred art. (Photo by Stephen Enzweiler).


Portrait: Frank Duveneck (1848-1919) Photo courtesy  of the Kenton Co. Public Library, Covington.

 1. Our Rich History: Little-known Cincinnati artist once saved Duveneck’s murals from ruin, Oct 17th, 2016 By Stephen Enzweiler, Special to NKyTribune 

2. The National Gallery of Art, Frank Duveneck American, 1848-1919, [This is an edited version of the artist's biography published in the NGA Systematic Catalogue] 

3. Wikipedia, free encyclopedia,

4. Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository, "Dixie Selden; An American Impressionist" Genetta McLean, J.S. McCarthy Augusta Maine, 2001 


Art of the International Parks Opening Reception

The staff at Eisele Gallery was pleased to see such a fantastic turnout to our Art of the International Parks exhibition. The show has proven to be a great success and we were honored to have the opportunity to partner with SPCA Cincinnati. and Limestone Distillery.  Our unique opening not only yielded some great sales, but we found a new home for an SPCA puppy!

John Stobart Catalog

Eisele Gallery is pleased to offer original oil paintings by John Stobart. At 90 years of age, he is one of the most prolific maritime artists of the last century. The gallery has a variety of paintings featuring Stobart's signature subject matter including ships, riverboats and scenes of Cincinnati, Louisville, Tennessee and New York. For inquiries and offers please contact the gallery. 

Featured Artist: P.A. Nisbet

Eisele Gallery is excited to begin a working relationship with P.A. Nisbet. Nisbet, along with many other accomplished artists will be part of the upcoming "Art of the International Parks" exhibition, running April 12 - May 25.


Peter Allen Nisbet was born in North Carolina in 1948 and began the study of painting at age ten. He has been a student of fine art for over forty years, beginning in water colors and proceeding to oils by age 25. He received a liberal arts degree from the University of North Carolina followed by a commission in the United States Navy. He served as a line officer at sea with a ten month tour of duty in Vietnam. During that time he was appointed by the Secretary of the Navy to serve as Director of Art Services for the Navy's Office of Information. Following Naval Service in 1974 he commenced a free-lance commercial art business providing graphic design and illustration for over twenty-five national organizations. In 1980 he moved to the Southwest and began painting landscapes. Since then he has completed and sold hundreds of paintings which are derived from experiences throughout the world. Nisbet has traveled to such remote places as the South Pole and China, but his preferred locale for painting is in the deserts of the Southwest and Mexico. He is represented by the Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson, Arizona. 

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