Walter Shirlaw

  • Frank Duveneck, Walter Shirlaw, ca. 1873, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Walter Shirlaw, 1913.11.5

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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.

Title
Walter Shirlaw
Artists
Date
ca. 1873
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
23 7/8 x 18 in. (60.8 x 45.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Walter Shirlaw

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – art – painter
  • Portrait male – Shirlaw, Walter
  • Portrait male – Shirlaw, Walter – bust
  • Occupation – art – printmaker
  • Occupation – art – designer
Object Number
1913.11.5
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