Frank Virgil Dudley (1868-1957)
Blossom Time, Indiana Dunes
Oil on Board
12 x 16 inches
Signed lower left
Recently cleaned and re-varnished. Original hand-carved frame, recently restored and re-leafed. A charming painting.
This painting appeared in our weekly email on 7/29/16 with the following gallery comments:
Frank Dudley was born in Delevan, WI and picked up his early training from his father. He eventually moved to Chicago and took evening painting classes at the Chicago Art Institute. He owned and operated small art supply store in Chicago. His first visit to the Indiana Dunes was in 1911 and that seeded his lifelong interest in the Lake Michigan shore in northern Indiana. By 1921 he closed the art supply store and built a cabin on the Dunes, thereafter devoting nearly all his painting attention to this beloved subject. Through a conservation movement with which Dudley was very associated, over 2,000 acres of dune lands were incorporated into Indiana State Dunes Park. The Park happened to encompass Dudley’s cabin and studio. As rent for the land, Dudley provided the State of Indiana a painting a year (their choice!). Upon his death, the State of Indiana purchased another 57 Dudley paintings from his widow. This very nice position of Dudley work now resides at the Indiana State Museum. Today’s painting, Blossom Time, Indiana Dunes (our title) is a charming example. What’s to be said – it’s classic Dudley: simply rendered and featuring the sand landscape and native flora of a Hoosier dune. Housed in the original frame and recently cleaned and conserved.
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