OIL PAINTING: Flower Girl
During the 1870s and 1880s American artists in Munich experimented with a new style of realism featuring dashing brushwork of quickly applied blocks of color, omitting the careful blending of traditional methods. Young boys or older men from working class neighborhoods were among the Duveneck's favorite subjects -Flower Girl, Girl with Rake, The Florentine Girl.
"Duveneck was uniquely suited to this new style, both because of his precocious skill with the brush and his temperament, which was more suited to brilliantly executing a study of a head in a day than to the careful production of a typical academic piece," says guest curator Denny T. Young. "Duveneck quickly became a leader among the large number of American students drawn to Munich by its exciting new style and often worked with artists such as William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) and John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902), both of whom would earn reputations as major American artists," she adds.