Frank Vincent DuMond

Artist Biography

Frank DuMond was an important American artist and educator who invested his landscapes, still lifes, and figurative works with a unique tonal-Impressionist style. Born in New York, DuMond developed his impressionistic brushwork at the Academie Julian in Paris, where he worked under the leading instructors of his day: Boulanger, Lefebvre, and Constant. He absorbed further inspiration from the Barbizon movement then sweeping through France and trained his eye on tonal patterns of light and shade. Moving between mediums and genres, DuMond’s work is marked by his consummate craft, which allowed him to experiment with various textures, tones, and techniques.

DuMond settled in New York City in 1892, where he built a prominent career as a muralist, portraitist, illustrator, and instructor. He exhibited widely, won large-scale mural commissions, worked as an artist for publications including Century and McClure’s, and illustrated Harper’s magazine for two decades. Yet DuMond’s primary focus was teaching; he devoted himself to the art of art education and became an instructor at the Pratt Institute, one of the most influential teachers at the Art Students League (where he worked for fifty-nine years), and the Director of the Lyme School of Art. His students included some of the most prominent figures in twentieth-century American art: John Marin, John Carlson, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Norman Rockwell.

DuMond exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, and several world fairs. He won gold medals from the Paris Salon and the Mechanics Charitable Exposition of Boston, silver medals from the St. Louis Exposition of 1904 and the Cotton States Exposition of Atlanta, and prizes from the San Francisco Pan-Pacific Exposition of 1915. The National Academy of Design held an important memorial exhibition after his death, in 1952, and the Florence Griswold Museum mounted a retrospective of his work in 1990. Today, his paintings are featured in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Academy of Design Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Portland Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, and the New Britain Museum of American Art.

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