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 Frederick Melville DuMond  (1867 - 1927)

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Lived/Active: New York/California / France      Known for: desert landscape, animal and genre painting, illustrator

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Frederick Melville DuMond
from Auction House Records.
Laguna Pueblo, 1906
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Rochester, New York on July 15, 1867 of French parents, Frederick DuMond was a graduate of the Mechanics' Institute in Rochester and further studied in Paris at Académie Julian and Ecole des Beaux Arts under Lefebvre, Cormon, Laurens, and Doucet.

While in France he operated a school in Crecy for six years, and then was in Italy during the 1890s.  Returning to New York, he taught at the Art Students League in 1908, and at the Los Angeles School of Art & Design after moving to southern California in winter of 1910.

Three years were spent painting in the Southwest including painting in northern Arizona before settling in Monrovia, California. He also homesteaded a sheep ranch in the Mojave Desert where he painted many desert landscapes (the property is now Edwards Air Force Base).

His work is characterized by the feathery brushwork of Impressionism.  His illustrations appeared in Harper's Bazaar and Atlantic Monthly for many years. 

DuMond died at his home in Monrovia on May 25, 1927.  He was the brother of artist Frank Vincent DuMond.

Laguna Beach Art Association

World's Columbian Expo (Chicago), 1893
Paris Salon, 1893, 1899 (medal)
Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1915 (silver medal)
California Art Club, 1919
Paris Salon, 1927

Santa Fe Railway
Jonathan Club (LA)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California State Library (Sacramento); Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs (Bénézit, E); American Art Annual 1900-27; Art Digest, June 1927 (obituary); NY Times & Los Angeles Times, 5-26-1927 (obits).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

Biography from Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site:
Frederick Melville DuMond was an American painter who was born in Rochester, New York on July 15, 1867 of French parents, the brother of future painter, Frank Vincent DuMond.  He was a graduate of the Mechanics' Institute in Rochester and of the Acadèmie Julian in Paris under Jules Joseph Lefebvre, Benjamin-Constant Corman, J.P. Laurens and Henri Doucet.  During the early years of his art career, DuMond was mainly active in France where, with his brother Frank, he established a summer art school at Crecy in 1894. He taught there until 1900.
Returning to New York, he taught at the National Academy of Design in 1908, and upon going to California in the winter of 1910, at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design.  From 1909 to 1912 DuMond worked in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, making paintings of the Grand Canyon, Pueblo cliff dwellings and other southwestern scenes.  Three years were spent painting in the Southwest before settling on a ranch in Monrovia, California where he became known for his Mojave Desert landscapes.  He also continued to work abroad where he was well-known as an animal and desert painter.
DuMond's art work is held in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Santa Fe Railroad Collection. 

DuMond died at his home in Monrovia on May 25, 1927.
Benezit, E.  Dictionnaire Critique...Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs...Temps.  Paris: Librarie Grund.  1976.
Dawdy, Doris Ostrander.  Artists of the American West:  A Biographical Dictionary.  [1974] 3 vols.  Chicago: Swallow Press.  1985.
Falk, Peter Hastings.  Who Was Who in American Art.  Connecticut: Sound View Press.  1985.  1985.
Hughes, Edan Milton.  Artists in California:  1786-1940.  San Francisco:
Hughes Publishing Company.  1986.
Melton Art Reference Library.  4300 N. Sewell; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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