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Marlene Steele at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Frank Duveneck was a nationally celebrated artist from the 1870s until his death on January 3, 1919. He was one of the first painters to make American art as coveted as that created in Europe. On his return from Europe in 1888 he settled in Covington, Kentucky, and began teaching at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He was known for his demonstrations of his noted brush technique and his hands-on work in the studio classes.

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Don Schuster at the Cincinnati Art Museum

On January 3, 2019, about 20 of Cincinnati’s best-known artists painted their interpretations of the historic Frank Duveneck Collection in the Cincinnati Wing and other galleries at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The work of these artists is on view in the exhibition “Duveneck & Friends Reinterpreted,” starting January 18.

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Christine Kuhr at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Marlene Steele reminisces: “My teacher, Miss McCarthy, had a painting in her studio of a 3/4 length gentleman standing. In his class, Duveneck took the brush from her hand and made several strokes to strengthen and encourage her concept. She had said to me that she ‘never touched the painting again’ in order to preserve the surface.’”

Kathleen Kilgallon, “Italian Courtyard,” After Duveneck, oil on canvas, 11 x 14 in.
Gail Morrison, “Doorway with Garlic Braids,” After Duveneck, oil on linen, 10 x 13 in.

“Duveneck & Friends Reinterpreted” is on view at Wessel Gallery at the Cincinnati Art Club (Ohio).


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