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 Frederick Usher De Voll  (1873 - 1941)

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Lived/Active: Rhode Island      Known for: landscape painting, harbors and urban view painting

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East River, New York, Winter
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Works located at:

Brown University:
1. Oil painting on board [untitled]--Cropthorne, England, village scene (1908) (Edwin A. Burlingame bequest) (acc.# HP 01506)

Moses Brown School:
1. Pastel [untitled]--view of New York City skyline from the harbor

Providence Art Club:
1. Oil painting, "Newport Beach"

Rhode Island Historical Society:
1. Oil painting, "Exchange Place" (acc.# 1973.126.1)
2. Oil painting, "Providence Looking South East" (acc.# 1973.139.1)

Rhode Island Historical Society--Graphics Dept.:
Location: BB/Painting P9/3 A.E. Club Collection (Ann Eliza Club Collection)
1. Painting on board, "Dyer St. Produce Market"
2. Acrylic on paper, "Dyer St. Produce Market"
1. Painting, "Landscape" (late 19th-mid 20th c.) (acc.# 12.016))
2. Oil painting on canvas, "New York Harbor" (late 19th-mid 20th c.) (acc.# 82.010)
3. Charcoal drawing [untitled]--cityscape (mid 19th-mid 20th c.) (acc.# 83.033)
4. Painting, "New York Waterfront, Winter" (acc.# D28.085)

Unveiled: a directory and guide to 19th century born artists active in Rhode Island, and where to find their work in publicly accessible Rhode Island collections
by Elinor L. Nacheman

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De Voll, born in Providence, Rhode Island on 15 December 1873, studied under three of America’s great art teachers: William Merritt Chase, Charles W. Hawthorne, and Robert Henri.  At the Académie Julian in Paris, he received more traditional instruction from Jean-Paul Laurens.  Although De Voll exhibited widely, for example, at the Corcoran Gallery biennials (1910-37), at the annuals of the National Academy of Design (1907-22), and the Boston Art Club (1908-09), he is still a relatively obscure figure.  This is unfortunate because his art is stunning, pure American impressionism.  For East River, New York, Winter, De Voll won a silver medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco (1915).  Snowflakes create a web of gentle brushstrokes across the canvas, producing a decorative unity.  The palette, limited to blue and violet, appears to include black, however, which establishes a wide range of values, and goes against impressionist theory.

De Voll was the author of “William M. Chase: Reminiscences of a Student” (See Milgrome, David, “The Art of William Merritt Chase,” Diss., University of Pittsburgh, 1969, Appendix B). He died on 13 March 1941.

Submitted by Michael Preston Worley, Ph.D.

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The following biography is based on information provided to AskART by collector Daniel Gordon of Pensacola, Florida:

F. Usher De Voll was a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and also a student of William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, Charles Hawthorne. He studied in Paris with Jean Paul Laurens.

His work was exhibited widely including the National Academy in New York, the Pennsylvania Academy, Corcoran Gallery, and the Chicago Art Institute, and his affiliations included the Salmagundi Club, the Providence Rhode Island Art Club, and the American Federation of the Arts.

Biography from Roger King Fine Art, A - G:
F. Usher DeVoll was born in Providence, Rhode Island and attended the Rhode Island School of Design.  He also studied with William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, Charles Webster Hawthorne, and Henry Siddons Mowbray, and with J.P. Laurens at the Academie Julian in Paris.  His paintings include European landscapes and scenes of Providence and New York City, as well as the working vessels of New York harbor and the Hudson River.

DeVoll maintained close ties with his native city and for many years ran a toy store in the historic Arcade Building in downtown Providence.  He exhibited at the Providence Art Club, the Boston Art Club, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Corcoran Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Carnegie Institute, and the Salons of America.  In 1915 he was awarded a silver medal at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.

DeVoll's works are in the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Delgado Museum and Newcomb College, New Orleans, the Corcoran Gallery, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, the Vanderpoel Art Association of Chicago, and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence.

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San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915

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