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Artist Biography

DuMond taught at New York’s Art Students League for 59 years, becoming one of the most renowned and beloved teachers in the history of American art. His students included John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe and Norman Rockwell, artists who worked in styles extremely different from DuMond and from each other. Rather than molding students to paint in his own style, DuMond encouraged them to draw from life experiences, advice he himself took to heart. In 1951 another prominent student, Ogden Pleissner, observed that:

His philosophy of teaching has never been one dealing with the mere manipulation of pigment on canvas, nor with keeping abreast of each new “ism” that appears on the horizon, but with timeless fundamental principles. He has most eloquently shown his students that the true source of inspiration and learning is not alone in the painted work of the masters, but primarily in life – the very life they are living. This point of view has kindled the creative urge and imagination in his students during this past half century.

His role as an educator often overshadows his own artistic career, but scholars have rediscovered and reappraised his work. DuMond is noted for his Impressionist landscapes, proclivity for a certain hue of green, and innovative use of colors—rather than grays—to create shadows.

DuMond is represented in a number of prestigious public and private collections, including the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA; The National Academy of Design, New York, NY; the Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT; the Cummer Art Museum, Jacksonville, FL; The Delaware Art Museum; Wilmington, DE; The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT; the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, NY; and the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; among many others.

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reprinted in Memorial Exhibition of Paintings by Frank Vincent DuMond, N.A., p. 3