Robert Spear Dunning
(1829 - 1905)
Robert Spear Dunning was active/lived in Massachusetts, New Hampshire. Robert Dunning is known for lush still life, portrait and landscape painting.
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Biography Robert Spear Dunning
Robert Spear Dunning was a founder in Massachusetts of the Fall River
School*, which emphasized still life paintings. He painted
portraits and landscapes, but in 1865, his interest turned to
still-life painting, which brought him notice and critical acclaim.
highly realistic or "trompe l'oeil"* paintings usually had one or more
prominent large objects such as a silver pitcher with luscious looking
fruit on a highly polished table. His early work was dark in
color and tone, and later ones were luminous*.
Born in 1829 in
Brunswick, Maine, Dunning was brought to Fall River, a wealthy mill
town, at age five and educated in the public schools. He became
an art student of James Roberts, and then foll
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