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Robert Dunning

 (1829 - 1905)
Robert Spear Dunning was active/lived in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine.  Robert Dunning is known for lush still life, portrait and landscape painting.

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Biography   Robert 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.

His 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   ...  Displaying 750 of 5251 characters.

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