retiring disposition, and a gentle man who was greatly esteemed by all who knew him. He was born in New York and for the past 30 years made Cincinnati his home. The honors received by him both at home and abroad are numerous. He paintined the "Land of the Lotos Easters," after Tennyson's poem, and when he visited Europe the poet laureate received him at his residence as a recognition of his apprechiation of that great work. He also painted his "Recollections of Italy," an exceedingly complete production, and another of his greatest efforts was his painting of the "Paradise and the Peri," which was sometime since exhibited at the gallery of the Western Arts Association, and greatly admired by those of our citizens who had the opportunity of viewing it. Mr. Duncanson visited Europe several times and found sale for his works there through the efforts of Miss Charlotte Cushman, some of the pictures being purchased by the Duchess of Sutherland. He was an artist of rare accomplishments, and his death will be regretted by all lovers of his profression, and by every American who know him either by reputation or personally. 27
Duncanson mastered the most universally accepted style of painting in the Western World during his lifetime of combining a form of romantic realism with a poetry yet mysteriously expressive kind of subject matter, which showed a love and reverance of nature beyond that which had been sanctioned by members of the Hudson River School. He left behind a path of competency in his pursuit of art that has been unmatched by many artists who were to follow him. His development as an artist of versitile skills is recorded in the visual portraual he gave through the art of portraiture, the decorative murals at The Taft Museum, and the many romantic views he recorded of the topographical studies of nature in various parts of the Western world. His artistry marks the "coming of the age" of black artist in America whose precious plight as service artisan was now lifted to the height of a new kind of aesthetic expression which was destined to gain deserving respect in the years ahead.
The work of Robert S. Duncanson is being singled out by this writer to reveal in part a limited measure of success which was achieved by an artists of African descent even during the period of transition in this nation when there
27 Detriot Tribune, December 26, 1872.
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