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Frank Vincent DuMond
Valley Pool,
The Vanquished Fighter
Oil on canvas
24 x 30 inches

(American, 1865-1961)


Frank Dumond was born August 20, 1865 in Rochester, NY and began his training at the Arts Student League with William Sartain and J. Carroll Beckwith in 1884 at the age of 19. He had natural talent and learned rapidly. In 1885 he worked as an illustrator for the New York Daily Graphic , earning enough money to travel to Paris in 1888 to study at the Academie Julian and sketching and fishing in Brittany. He later illustrated for Harper's Weekly and Century. In 1890 his The Holy Family was awarded a prestigious medal at the Paris Salon and by 1892 he taught at the Art Students League, where he began a lifelong teacher's career. Eventually he would teach at Pratt Institute, but he remained loyal to the ASL. Working for Harper & Brothers, he traveled to Italy in 1894, exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition, and soon married art student Helen Xavier in Portland, OR. The couple spent the next 5 years painting in France. In 1900 Dumond was elected an Associate of the National Academy (becoming a full Academician in 1906). In 1905 he began spending summers in Old Lyme, CT, where be became famous for his landscapes and paintings of fishermen.

In 1915, Dumond he traveled with Edmund Tarbell and J. Alden Weir to the Panama-Pacific Exposition, where he exhibited huge murals (which were purchased and hang permanently in the San Francisco Public Library.

In 1916 he and his closet friend Willard Metcalf began making fishing trips to Nova Scotia and in 1925, Dumond scattered Metcalf's remains in a fishing stream there. Dumond taught classes in the Margaree River Valley, Cape Breton Islands, Nova Scotia (through 1936); set up a permanent studio at the National Arts Club; taught summer classes in Pownal, VT until 1950 and died in his sleep in 1951 on February 6. The Arts Students League sponsored a Memorial Exhibition at the National Academy of Design in 1952.

Dumond was one of the foremost and most influential teacher-painters in America during the 20 th century. He was a member of the NAD; American Academy of Arts & Letters; Art Students League; Century Association; Hudson Valley Art Assoc.; Lotus Club; Lyme Art Association; National Arts Club; National Society of Mural Painters; Players Club, NYC; Salmagundi Club; Society of American Artists; Society of Illustrators and the Yonkers Art Club. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the American Academy of Arts & Letters; Art Association of Richmond, IND; Art Students League; NAD; Denver Art Musem; Lyman Allyn Art Museum, CT; New Britain Museum of Art; Portland Art Museum, OR; San Francisco Public Library; Society of Illustrators, NY; and more.

References: American Artist, “The Teachings of Frank Vincent Dumond: Penetrating Light,” pp. 36-45, 65-67; Florence Griswold Museum, “The Harmony of Nature: The Art and Life of Frank Vincent Dumond, 1865-1951,” Old Lyme, CT., June 1-July 29, 1990; “Frank Vincent Dumond,” American Art Review, Vol. xiii, no. 3, pp. 98-105, 2001; Who Was Who in American Art, vol. 1, p. 977; “Frank Vincent Dumond Retrospective,” Maine Antique Digest , Aug. 1990; “Impressionist Illustrator is Recalled in Old Lyme,” The New York Times Sunday, July 22, 1990.