Frank Duveneck (1848-1919)

Historical marker #1854 in Kenton County recognizes the artistic contribution of Frank Duveneck, whose home was in Covington, Kentucky. In addition to painting, Duveneck was on the faculty of the Cincinnati Art Academy. There, in 1891, noted Kentucky artist Paul Sawyier studied under Duveneck.

In 1889, Sawyier left Kentucky for New York City, where he lived in the same boarding house as his sister, Lillian. He began taking classes at the Art Students League, where he was taught by William Merritt Chase. It is believed that Chase had an influence on Sawyier's later stylistic development into Impressionism.

Long after leaving the Cincinnati Art Academy, Sawyier visited Duveneck whenever Sawyier traveled through Cincinnati. According to Sawyier's friend Rose Stoddard Grimes, Sawyier regarded Duveneck as "a wonderful teacher," and said he "owed much to his instruction." Fellow painter Martin Rettig said that Sawyier "came to know Duveneck well, and Duveneck soon became appreciative of his ability and very fond of him." Furthermore, Rettig quoted Sawyier as saying, "William Chase is alright, but I like Frank Duveneck better." Under Duveneck, Sawyier studied overall composition which was more important to Sawyier since his interest was in painting landscapes.

Today, the Kentucky Historical Society has the world's largest collection of Paul Sawyier paintings.

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"The Art of Paul Sawyier"

"The Art of Paul Sawyier"

Cover of the book, "The Art of Paul Sawyier" by Arthur F. Jones, published by the University Press of Kentucky in 1976. Photo courtesy of the Univ. Press of Ky. View File Details Page

Frank Duveneck

Frank Duveneck

Portrait of Frank Duveneck, one of Paul Sawyier's favorite and most influential art teachers. Photo courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

Harbor and docks with fishing smacks, Italy

Harbor and docks with fishing smacks, Italy

Etching done by Frank Duveneck between 1860 and 1900. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress. View File Details Page

Moonlight

Moonlight

Painted in New York by Paul Sawyier. Photo courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

Cave Spring Farm

Cave Spring Farm

Painting of Cave Spring Farm in Kentucky by Paul Sawyier. Photo courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

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Amy Roe, “Frank Duveneck (1848-1919),” ExploreKYHistory, accessed May 23, 2017, http://explorekyhistory.ky.gov/items/show/248.

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