Frank Duveneck, N.A, Cincinnati & Munich, 1848-1919. This oil on canvas of a bearded man is 28"h by 16"w in a period 4" frame. He was a highly influential artist & teacher of the late 19th century. He studied at the Munich Royal Academy from 1870-73, where he lived and worked the majority of his life. Except for returning to Cincinnati in 1874, he traveled between Munich, Venice and Florence until 1888. Duveneck taught many students in Florence as well in Boston until he joined the staff of Cincinnati Art Academy, where in 1905, he became Dean.
Duveneck was a realist painter working in a robust Munich style who also showed some attributes of the Ashcan School. The light and color of Italy influenced Duveneck and his work became brighter and smoother in brushwork. He became a well-trained academic painter whose work ranged from single figures in interiors to plein air canvases of figures in landscape and often included the depiction of low-life persons. His styles included Realism, Social Realism, and Impressionism, and his work was ever influenced by the dark tones and vigorous brush-strokes of the Munich style, which he learned at the Munich Academy in the 1870s. Art historian Matthew Baigell described Duveneck's mature style as having "loose highlights brushed over ruggedly blocked-out forms emerging from a richly suggestive chiaroscuro." Duveneck bequeathed his collection to the Cincinnati Art Museum when he died in 1919. His work is in many museums and sells for up to $385,000.