Frank Duveneck

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The Whistling Boy (1872) - Frank Duveneck(1848-1919) Original painting: Art Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio. His work can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Kenton County Library in Covington, Ky.

Frank Duveneck was an artist and educator in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century America.

Duveneck was born in Covington, Kentucky, on October 9, 1848. His name was originally Frank Decker, but he later changed his last name to Duveneck. He briefly attended school before beginning a career as an artist. While still a teenager, Duveneck provided artwork for Roman Catholic churches. He gained experience in painting, carving, and gilding while working on altars in religious buildings.

In 1870, Duveneck traveled to Munich, Germany and enrolled in the Munich Royal Academy. In 1873, he returned to the United States, where his work received favorable reviews. He taught briefly at the Ohio Mechanics Institute in Cincinnati, but soon returned to Europe to continue his studies. Duveneck opened his own art school in 1878 and taught more than sixty students, before returning to the United States in 1888. He settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he continued to teach. He worked closely with the Art Academy of Cincinnati and eventually became its chairman. Duveneck became especially well known for his portraits and for his etchings. After his death on January 3, 1919, most of his work was left to the Cincinnati Art Museum.

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