Frank Duveneck & American Portraiture

Past Exhibition

  • Starts March 7, 2020 2:19 PM EST
  • Ends March 21, 2020 2:19 PM EDT
  • Eisele Gallery


Frank Duveneck: A Special Exhibition & American Portraiture

Limited Engagement: March 7th - 21st, 2020

This special exhibition will highlight the works of Cincinnati artist Frank Duveneck. Do not miss the opportunity to view exceptional works by Duveneck in addition to a selection of American portraiture paintings by Elizabeth Nourse and Henry Mosler. Contact the gallery for special pricing and more information.
In 1869, Frank Duveneck traveled to Munich at age 21 and he soon became interested in becoming an easel painter. In 1870 he 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. In 1903 Duveneck 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”.
Elizabeth Nourse moved to Paris, France in 1887 and attended Académie Julian and later she opened her own studio. In 1888 her work was featured in her first major exhibition at the Societé Nationale des Artistes Français. She soon became the second American woman to be accepted as a member of the society. Her subjects were often women, mostly peasants and depictions of France's rural countryside.
Henry Mosler studied in Cincinnati with portrait and genre painter James Beard for two years and covered the Western theater of the Civil War as an artist-correspondent for Harper's Monthly. He studied for three years in Düsseldorf and Paris before returning home to begin his career. In 1874, Mosler again traveled to Paris, but remained for twenty years and developed a reputation for his paintings of Breton peasant life.
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