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Frank Duveneck began his career under the tutelage of the decorator Wilhelm Lamprecht, and discovered during his own travels a passion for easel painting. Duveneck enrolled in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where he studied under Wilhelm von Diez and Alexander Strahuber and produced some of his best known works. He used distinctively vigorous brushwork inspired by Wilhelm Leibl and Old Master techniques; he was also known for using strong contrasts of light and dark, though his color palette would eventually lighten. Duveneck became widely influential, partly through his teaching: he started a painting school in Munich where his students included Theodore Wendel, John White Alexander, and John H. Twachtman. Both Henry James and William Morris Hunt were supporters and champions of his work.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Exhibitions
2018
The David & Kim Dougherty CollectionEisele Gallery of Fine Art
2014
100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial CelebrationMontclair Art Museum

Riva degli Schiavoni (1), 1880

Drypoint on chine applique paper
Permanent collection
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Washington
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Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

Frank Duveneck began his career under the tutelage of the decorator Wilhelm Lamprecht, and discovered during his own travels a passion for easel painting. Duveneck enrolled in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where he studied under Wilhelm von Diez and Alexander Strahuber and produced some of his best known works. He used distinctively vigorous brushwork inspired by Wilhelm Leibl and Old Master techniques; he was also known for using strong contrasts of light and dark, though his color palette would eventually lighten. Duveneck became widely influential, partly through his teaching: he started a painting school in Munich where his students included Theodore Wendel, John White Alexander, and John H. Twachtman. Both Henry James and William Morris Hunt were supporters and champions of his work.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Exhibitions (2)
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