Whistling Boy


Frank Duveneck ( American, 1848 - 1919 )

c. 1870s
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General Description

Lighthearted urchins like this were a profitable stock-in-trade for Frank Duveneck, who went to Munich at age twenty-two to study at the Royal Bavarian Academy. The broad brushwork and unblended dark colors of this portrait reveal Duveneck's admiration for old-master painting techniques, which he adapted to depictions of urban street life.

Adapted from

William Keyse Rudolph, DMA label copy (1951.17), May 2006.

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