Frank DuMond (1865-1951)

Frank DuMond (1865-1951)

Frank Vincent DuMond was born in Rochester, New York and in 1884 he went to New York City to study at the Art Students League and became an illustrator for the New York Daily Graphic, Century and later for Harper’s Weekly.  Four years later he went to Paris to study at the Academie Julian under Gustave Boulanger, Benjamin Constant and Jean Jules Lefebvre.  He returned to the United States and accepted a teaching position at the Art Students League where he taught for more than fifty years.   

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In 1902 DuMond and his family went to Old Lyme, Connecticut where he joined the artist’s colony there.  From 1902 until 1905 he directed the Lyme Summer School of Art.  In 1906 he bought a home in the Grassy Hill section of Lyme and continued teaching privately in Old Lyme until 1915. During this period DuMond concentrated on painting impressionist and tonalist landscapes of the area around Old Lyme and Essex, Connecticut where he painted for a few summers.

DuMond was made a full member of the National Academy of Design in 1906 and he also belonged to the Lyme Art Association, the Lotus Club, the Century Association and the Society of American Artists. He exhibited his work at the Paris Salon from 1889 until 1892 and he was awarded a gold medal in 1890.  In addition, his work was featured at the annual exhibitions of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of art as well as the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the St. Louis Exposition in 1904 where he received a silver medal.  In 1990 the Florence Griswold Museum mounted a retrospective exhibition of his work.

References: See Who Was Who In American Art (1999).; Connecticut and American Impressionism, William Benton Museum of Art (Storrs: CT, 1980).

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