Frank Duveneck (American, 1848-1919)
Portrait of Theodore Wendel
oil on canvas laid over board
monogrammed in red c.r.
titled on verso, from previous canvas inscription
plaque with artist identification on frame
14.5 x 11.25 in. (sight)
This fine portrait is a noteworthy example of Duveneck's habit to depict his friends and students on canvas.
Born in Midway, Ohio, Theodore Wendel (1859-1932) was a student of Duveneck and traveled with him to Europe. In Germany as well as in Italy, he became known as one of the "Duveneck boys", along with other fellow art students. While studying in Paris and Giverny, France, Wendel found another major influence in the work of Claude Monet, who encouraged and praised the skills of the aspiring Impressionist artist. In the last decade of the 19th century, Wendel returned to America and settled in Boston, where he taught at Wellesley College and the Cowles Art School. Renowned for his Impressionist renditions of the New England coast, he is regarded as one of the most important American landscape painters.
This portrait is housed in an early 20th century carved wood frame stamped for M. Grieve Co. / New York / London on the back. Maurice Grieve descended from a line of woodcarvers and was known for framing a number of paintings by Ashcan artist George Bellows.
Relined and laid on board, not recently.