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Artist Biography

Dubbed by his contemporaries the “Painter of Sunshine,” Edward Dufner became one of America’s leading Impressionists. In 1908, Dufner made a complete change in painting style from the somber colors of Whistlerian Tonalism to the bright color palette of Impressionism. His new Impressionist paintings were infused with light and pure colors, with a dazzling array of warmth and radiance; often sunlit scenes of coastlines or families in outdoor settings, with brilliant blue skies. His subjects are usually bright and carefully delineated, while the landscape is made up of alternating multi-colored, sometimes feathery, brushstrokes that enhance the sense of vitality.

Edward Dufner was originally from Buffalo, New York, where he began his formal training at the Buffalo Art Students League. It was there that he was awarded the Albright Art School Fellowship that enabled him to continue his studies at the Art Students League of New York. Upon completion, Dufner moved to Paris where he studied at the Académie Julian and also under the tutelage of James McNeill Whistler at his personal studio. Dufner's early works show the influence of Whistler, with traces of Whistler’s characteristically sombre washes of color.

In 1903 Dufner returned to the United States to teach in Buffalo, and the following year became one of the first local artists of that area to have a one-person show. He began
teaching at the Art Students League in New York City in 1907. It was there that Dufner
made the dramatic change to his palette, embracing the lightness of the Impressionist style for which he is most famous.

His work can be found in private collections and leading institutions such as the National Academy of Design, New York, NY; Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, TX; and the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.