100 years later, local artists remember Cincinnati icon with each brush stroke

Frank Duveneck helped found the Cincinnati Art Club
Local artists honor Cincinnati art icon Frank Duveneck 100 years after his death.
Local artists honor Cincinnati art icon Frank Duveneck 100 years after his death.(WXIX)
Updated: Jan. 3, 2019 at 5:27 PM EST
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati artist Frank Duveneck, one of the founders of the Cincinnati Art Club, is being honored 100 years after his death.

“I began with a red and sketched in with a nice red tone,” Cincinnati Art Club Member Marlene Steele said.

Stroke by stroke, about 25 members of the club spent time at the Cincinnati Art Museum on Thursday painting their best interpretations of Duveneck’s work.

“So in essence, it’s my composition," said club member Carlos Navarro. "It’s the head of the Duveneck, a body of someone else. A lot of different things that I have incorporated into the painting that makes this a different painting.”

Most of the artists started with an empty canvas. Some put their own spin on their painting, others tried to duplicate Duveneck’s art.

Duveneck died 100 years ago. Born in Covington, he also taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

“He’s a very wonderful brush artist and his brush work is legendary,” Steele said.

It’s a chance for these painters to perfect their craft and the public to learn more about the local legend. Once these paintings are finished they will be shown at an exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Club on Jan. 18.

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