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 Frank Vincent DuMond  (1865 - 1951)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: genre, portrait and landscape painting, art educator

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted by Diana K. Gibson, a student/instructor at the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood, New Jersey.


Born in Rochester, New York in 1865, Frank DuMond left his work as an illustrator at age 23 to study in the rigorous classical atelier tradition of the Academie Julian Paris in 1888.  Upon his return to New York in 1892, DuMond embarked on a painting and teaching term at the Art Students League spanning nearly six decades until his death.

A painter of diverse talents, he was an accomplished landscape, portrait and still life painter, muralist, and leader of the Tonalist then Impressionist art colonies of Lyme, Connecticut.  In particular, DuMond was noted for his use of landscape green.  American Impressionist expert William H. Gerdts wrote of DuMond, “As one might speak of Velazquez’s blacks, one must speak of DuMond’s greens.”  Scholars have described him as a deft painter of the American Impressionist landscape and the figure, but he will perhaps be remembered as among the most outstanding educators in American art history.  Though an accomplished painter, he is said to have considered himself more of an educator than an artist.

By all accounts, DuMond is described by his students as a man whose art and teaching methods were based on deeply held religious and philosophical beliefs.  One student recalls, “There were occasions when DuMond revealed a clear intent to educate us on a deeper level than might casually be associated with painting.”  His students remember him fondly as “a genial, generous, and perceptive instructor…whose warmth and kindness pervaded everything he did.”  Under his tutelage, many prominent American artists were brought to recognition, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, and John Marin.  Still other protégés of DuMond renown became influential teachers, such as Baroque-style painter Frank Mason, whose influence emerged in New York at the Art Students League; and Arthur Maynard and Alban Albert, whose influences emerged at the Ridgewood Art Institute to form another branch of DuMond student legacy.

It was in his early training in Paris that he absorbed the influences of his teacher Gustave Boulanger, Benjamin Constant and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre and the Barbizon and increasing popular Impressionist style.  In frequent trips to the French countryside, DuMond was disciplined in painting the naturalistic landscape.   Many Barbizon School landscape precepts-such as a sublime vision of the natural world, and an interest in the transient effects of light and shade to depict and dramatize it-have been handed down through generations of painters and continue to pervade art theory today.

Dumond’s teaching continues to influence much of our present-day instruction.   DuMond students were taught to see the progression of prismatic light flowing from yellow to red to violet on the warm side; and from yellow to green to blue-green to violet on the cool side.  One student quotes DuMond as saying “Silently glowing over this whole landscape is a rainbow.  You must learn to see it.  It is there always, and if you can get hold of that, you have something worth going after.”

Dumond’s historical influence is unmistakable and nowhere is his influence more preserved than in the palette that is taught at the Ridgewood Art Institute.  Variations of the palette used by DuMond-consisting of premixed blues, grays, violets and greens in tonal progression from cadmium yellow to red are still used by many instructors at the Ridgewood Art Institute and by artists around the country.


Source:
The Ridgewood Art Institute Catalogue, 2004


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A native of Rochester, New York, Frank DuMond became a renowned painter of luminous Impressionist landscapes as well as teacher and illustrator and was associated with New England art colonies, especially Old Lyme, Connecticut where he first went in 1902.  He became Director of the Lyme Summer School of Art, one of the foremost summer schools in the country.  He was a passionate fly fisherman and did a painting series on salmon fishing in the 1940s.  He was also known for his large-scale mural painting, portraiture, and religious subjects.

He came to New York in 1884 as a young man to study at the Art Students League for a year.  He then went to Paris with his younger brother, Frederick, and he studied with Gustave Boulanger, Jules-Joseph Lefebvre and Benjamin Constant at the Julian Academy.  For six years he was a newspaper artist in New York, working at the New York Daily Graphic, Century, Mc Clure's and Harper's Weekly.  In fact, he illustrated for Harper's for more than two decades.

His drawing of the funeral of Samuel Tilden so impressed Harper's editor Horace Bradley that when Bradley became president of the Art Students League, he hired Du Mond as a teacher.  He stayed in this position for fifty-nine years.  His own painting is regarded as secondary to that of his many famous pupils, but he won many awards and medals.

Between 1893 and 1895, DuMond took student groups to Europe, likely the first summer classes of American students traveling abroad.

He also did numerous murals including in New York City for The Lotos Club and the Hotel des Artistes.  His fifteen-foot mural for the Court of the Universe at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915 was titled Conquest of the Pacific Coast.  Previous to that, in 1905, he had been director of the department of fine arts for the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon.

He was married to Helen Savier of Portland, Oregon where her family was prominent in early Portland history, and she, an accomplished artist, was frequently a model in his paintings.

Sources include:
Connecticut Impressionism, William Benton Museum of Art, Intro. by Paul Rovetti, Director
Mark Humpal: Note about Helen Savier


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in 1865 in Rochester, NY. DuMond was a pupil of Constant, Lefebvre, and Boulanger in Paris. As a teacher he influenced thousands of artists during the 49 years he taught at the ASL in NYC. He was elected a member of the Nat'l Academy in 1906. DuMond was in San Francisco during the PPIE of 1915 in which he served as a member of the Int'l Jury of Awards and painted a large mural for the exposition called Pageant of California. The mural, which showed William Keith at his easel, hung in the old San Francisco Public Library until its conversion to the Asian Museum. DuMond died in NYC on Feb. 6, 1951.
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Keith, Old Master of California (Brother Cornelius); Who's Who in American Art 1936-41; NY Times, 2-7-1951 (obituary).
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Biography from Papillon Gallery:
Frank Vincent DuMond was born in Rochester, New York.  He studied with William Sartain and J.C. Beckwith at the Art Students League.  In Paris he studied with Gustave Boulanger, Jules-Joseph Lefebvre and Benjamin Constant at l’Académie Julian.

DuMond’s early paintings are Art Nouveau with Symbolist subjects in the tradition of many the great French painters of the 1890s.  His later works were more typically American; he painted landscapes, flowers, fishing scenes and portraits, and he also worked as an illustrator.  DuMond exhibited at the Paris Salons from 1889 through 1892, and was a member of the Salon des Artistes Français where he won a medal in 1890.

In 1892 he exhibited at the Cotton State Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia where he won a silver medal.  That same year he exhibited at the Mechanics Charitable Exposition in Boston and was awarded the gold medal.  The following year, he participated in the Worlds Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  In 1901 he won two silver medals at the Pan-American Exposition; three years later he won a silver medal at the St. Louis Exposition.  He painted a fifteen-foot mural for the Court of the Universe at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915 titled, Conquest of the Pacific Coast.

DuMond exhibited work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from 1907-1908 as well as in 1912, 1919, and 1926.  Later in his career, DuMond held solo shows at galleries and schools in New York City and New England.

DuMond’s work is included in the permanent collections of numerous museums including; Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut; Lyman Allyn Museum in New London, Connecticut; New Britain Museum of American Art. Other institutions that own Dumond’s work are the San Francisco Public Library; Liberty Tower & Hotel des Artistes in New York City; Lotos Club; organizations in Portland, Oregon; Denver, Colorado; Richmond, Indiana; Lake Forest, Illinois.

Dumond died in 1951.


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Impressionists Pre 1940
Old Lyme Colony Painters
San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915



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