|Garden of Eden, 1904, Frank Dumond|
|Frank Dumond Self-portrait. |
A good caricature artist could
have some fun with this face.
|Dumond's Art Students League class, ca. 1894. In case you're wondering, the women had their own separate class. Unfortunately none of the artists pictured above are identified. Notice the upended chairs used as drawing easels.|
|Christ and the Fishermen, 1891, Frank Dumond|
|Dumond's Old Lyme summer classes often|
ran from dawn until dusk, which must have
presented a challenge in establishing and
maintaining landscape color relationships.
With two or three notable exceptions, such as his narrative triptych, Garden of Eden (top), of 1904, or his Christ and the Fishermen (above), from 1891, the vast majority of Dumond's Impressionistic landscapes are attractive, yet unremarkable. Dumond preached a chromatic palette, colors arranged by intensity starting with yellow through the warm colors followed by the cooler tones ending in violet. His brand of Impressionism reflects this organized conquest of color. Beyond that, however, most of his Impressionist landscapes seem to me rather empty, with ambiguous, or even quite lacking in any center of interest.
|Autumn in Lyme, 1925, Frank Dumond--one of his better landscapes.|
|The Lyme Art Colony today|
features summer tours.