Inside the Cincinnati Art Museum’s ‘Frank Duveneck: American Master’ Exhibit | Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Museum of Art welcomes a fresh look at famed Cincinnati artist and painter Frank Duveneck with his current exhibit.
Functioning until May 9, Frank Duveneck: American Master dives deep into Duveneck’s work, examining his process as well as the context surrounding his subjects. According to CAM, “More than 90 examples across media (oil paintings, drawings, watercolors, pastels, prints, monotypes, and sculptures) from the holdings of the museum, the primary repository of the Kentucky native’s work, and 35 pieces on loan from collections across the United States, will provide a fresh and in-depth look at this important artist.” The museum says his paintings of “street children” and casual portraits contrast with his renderings of Venetian harbor views, country people and nudes. Duveneck was born in Covington in 1848 to Westphalian immigrants, then studied in Munich, Germany, and became a teacher. “His work reflected the impact not only of modern German art, as is widely acknowledged, but also of French and Italian work. The lack of finish and assertive brushwork of his paintings parallels Impressionism, and his work as an engraver placed him at the center of the etching revival,” states CAM. After returning to the United States in 1888, Duveneck took a job at the Art Academy, where he became the Director of Staff in 1905. Dr. Julie Aronson, Curator of American Paintings, Sculptures and Drawings, spent several years putting together this Show.

“We are thrilled to celebrate Frank Duveneck with this exhibition, which highlights one of the unique strengths of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection: its deep focus on the works of one of the dominant figures in late American art. 19th and early 20th century. Alongside our stunning Duveneck masterpieces, key paintings on loan from across the country present a fresh take on the fascinating story of one of our regional heroes. Duveneck’s bravery shines in this exhibit like never before!” she said in a statement ahead of the show’s opening. The exhibit will be located in the West and South Galleries. The exhibit is free to members and patrons. tickets for non-members are available at cincinnatiartmuseum.org/visit. The Cincinnati Art Museum is located at 953 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park. Get more information, including COVID safety precautions, at cincinnatiartmu seum.org.

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