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Frank Duveneck, American, (1848–1919)
The Old Sea Captain, 1879
Oil on Canvas
24 3/4 in. x 20 3/4 in. (62.87 cm. x 52.71 cm.)

Object Type: Painting
Technique: Brushwork
Credit Line: Gift of General and Mrs. Edward Clinton Young
Accession Number: YO13

No visible signature.

Oil paint on canvas.

Object Description
During the 1870s, Duveneck's realism consisted primarily of genre portraits. The Old Sea Captain, painted in Munich, represents the culmination of this realist style. Characterized by bold, paint-laden strokes, minimal use of color, and strong value contrasts, the visage of this skeptical and aloof old man thrusts out from the murky blue depths of the background, disdainful of both the world and the viewer. Typical of this period in Duveneck's art, the subject is a stongly individualized character.

- Arthur D. Stevens

For more information, please refer to the American Reflections exhibition catalogue.

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