Staggeringly subtle in its utter simplicity, mountain light captured with exactitude. A stunner. The lake in darkness reflecting a bit of the blue from the still bright sky.
A native of Rochester, New York, Frank DuMond became a renowned painter of luminous Impressionist landscapes as well as teacher and illustrator and was associated with New England art colonies, especially Old Lyme, Connecticut where he first went in 1902. He became Director of the Lyme Summer School of Art, one of the foremost summer schools in the country. He was a passionate fly fisherman and did a painting series on salmon fishing in the 1940s. He was also known for his large-scale mural painting, portraiture, and religious subjects.
He came to New York in 1884 as a young man to study at the Art Students League for a year. He then went to Paris with his younger brother, Frederick, and he studied with Gustave Boulanger, Jules-Joseph Lefebvre and Benjamin Constant at the Julian Academy. For six years he was a newspaper artist in New York, working at the New York Daily Graphic, Century, Mc Clure’s and Harper’s Weekly. In fact, he illustrated for Harper’sfor more than two decades.
His drawing of the funeral of Samuel Tilden so impressed Harper’s editor Horace Bradley that when Bradley became president of the Art Students League, he hired Du Mond as a teacher. He stayed in this position for fifty-nine years. His own painting is regarded as secondary to that of his many famous pupils, but he won many awards and medals.
Between 1893 and 1895, DuMond took student groups to Europe, likely the first summer classes of American students traveling abroad.
He also did numerous murals including in New York City for The Lotos Club and the Hotel des Artistes. His fifteen-foot mural for the Court of the Universe at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915 was titled Conquest of the Pacific Coast. Previous to that, in 1905, he had been director of the department of fine arts for the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon.
He was married to Helen Savier of Portland, Oregon where her family was prominent in early Portland history, and she, an accomplished artist, was frequently a model in his paintings.