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Head of an Old Man

ca. 1877-1879 Frank Duveneck Born: Covington, Kentucky 1848 Died: Cincinnati, Ohio 1919 oil on canvas 21 7/8 x 18 1/8 in. (55.5 x 46.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.44 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 2A


Luce Center Label

This painting is a study rather than a fully realized portrait. Frank Duveneck focused his attention on the face, modeling with broad brushstrokes the way a sculptor might work in clay. The direct painting and hastily brushed background give the effect of being in the studio and watching Duveneck paint. This sketch was probably made while the artist was living in Munich in the late 1870s.

Keywords

Figure male - elderly - head

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas