Head of an Old Man

  • Frank Duveneck, Head of an Old Man, ca. 1877-1879, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.44

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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.

Title
Head of an Old Man
Artists
Date
ca. 1877-1879
On View
Dimensions
21 7/8 x 18 1/8 in. (55.5 x 46.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – elderly – head
Object Number
1929.6.44
Palette
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