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Asher Brown Durand

   •   American art   •   Wikipedia: Asher Brown Durand
143 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #491
The American Asher Brown Durand was a brilliant engraver with a late-discovered passion for painting. The artist, born in 1796 in New Jersey in the United States, came from a French Huguenot family. As a young man Durand graduated from an education with his father John Durand . This one was a watchmaker. Later, the 17-year-old moved to the engraver Peter Maverick, who taught him the fine arts of engraving copper. For this, the adolescent showed such a great talent coupled with diligence that he was only five years later Mavericks business partner. Nevertheless, Durand did not miss the opportunity to visit the American Academy of Fine Arts and study Free Art. Academy director John Trumbull was so enthusiastic about his student that he commissioned him for a painting. Durand's "The Declaration of Independence" sparked strong feelings of jealousy in his former teacher Maverick, which prompted him to break up the joint business partnership. This only benefited Durand after initial shock. He started his own business and quickly became America's most successful engraver. Throughout his long career as a engraver, Durand engraved countless portraits and book illustrations.

At age 38, Durand was tired of the engraving and abandoned his business. Although he had previously painted only occasionally, he wanted to devote himself to good luck entirely to painting. The wealthy New York collector Luman Reed was the first prominent customer to give him a lucrative assignment: he wanted portraits of the early American presidents. A few years later, Durand traveled to Europe. As a painter he now wanted to get to know the important works of the Dutch masters of the 17th century and the paintings of Salvator Rosa and Claude Lorrain . Back home, Durand became president of the National Academy of Design in New York and held office until his retirement in 1862.

Since Durand was a copper engraver for a long time, his first paintings are of a hard texture. The details are worked out with meticulous precision. The colors are still pale. In his later works, however, he found a freer style and developed a love for juicy hues. In his well-known allegories of humanity, "The Morning of Life" and "The Evening of Life", he presented imaginary landscapes in rich and varied ways. Often he painted his paintings outdoors. His landscape paintings are fresh interpretations of nature. © Meisterdrucke


 
1835 | Engraving on paper

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1835 | Engraving on paper

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Caroline Durand (1826-1902), 182...
1827 | contains

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Caroline Durand (1826-1902), 182...
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1851 | graphite and white gouache on gray-green paper; graphite

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1851 | graphite and white gouache on gray-green paper; graphite

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1847 | graphite and white gouache on gray paper, mounted on card

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1847 | graphite and white gouache on gray paper, mounted on card

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1849 | graphite, white gouache, and white lead pigment on gray-green paper

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1849 | graphite, white gouache, and white lead pigment on gray-green paper

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1848 | graphite, white chalk, charcoal, and white gouache with scratching out and stumping on khaki paper

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1848 | graphite, white chalk, charcoal, and white gouache with scratching out and stumping on khaki paper

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1854 | graphite, white gouache, and white lead pigment on gray-green paper

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1854 | graphite, white gouache, and white lead pigment on gray-green paper

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Adirondack Mountains, N.Y., 1870
1870 | Oil on canvas

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Adirondack Mountains, N.Y., 1870
1870 | Oil on canvas

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John William Casilear (1811-98),...
Undated | Oil on canvas

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John William Casilear (1811-98),...
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