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Walter Shirlaw

ca. 1873 Frank Duveneck Born: Covington, Kentucky 1848 Died: Cincinnati, Ohio 1919 oil on canvas 23 7/8 x 18 in. (60.8 x 45.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Walter Shirlaw 1913.11.5 Not currently on view


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Walter Shirlaw was a painter and illustrator who studied in Munich, Germany, where he met and befriended Frank Duveneck. Shirlaw was a founder and first president of the Society of American Artists, and a teacher at the Art Students League in New York. In Munich, Duveneck learned the technique of painting a face in lighter tones against a dark background to heighten the psychological power of a portrait. Here, Shirlaw’s direct gaze and firmly set lips convey a no-nonsense personality. Duveneck captured the reflections of light in Shirlaw’s enormous, liquid eyes with dabs of pigment brushed directly into areas of still-wet paint.

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Occupation - art - designer

Occupation - art - painter

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Portrait male - Shirlaw, Walter

Portrait male - Shirlaw, Walter - bust

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paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Frank Duveneck

Born: Covington, Kentucky 1848 Died: Cincinnati, Ohio 1919

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