Dennis Miller Bunker Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
11-6-1861 New York, USA - 12-28-1890 Boston, USABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Dennis Miller Bunker in 1876 enrolled at the Art Students League of New York and the National Academy of Design. By 1880 he was participating in the yearly exhibitions of the National Academy. In 1882 Bunker left New York to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, with Jean-Léon Gérôme. In the spring of 1883, joined by fellow students Charles A. Platt and Kenneth R. Cranford, Bunker left Paris to travel through the French farmlands and the coast of Normandy.
Dennis Miller Bunker was elected to the Society of American Artists in 1885. In October of that year, at the recommendation of James Carroll Beckwith, he moved to Boston to teach at the Cowles Art School, where he was the teacher of the figure and cast drawing, artistic anatomy, and composition. In that year he also met Isabella Stewart Gardner, who would prove to be a valuable friend and patron. By 1887 Bunker completed his Portrait of Anne Page, a painting requiring much work, but one of his most impactful works.
In November 1887 he met John Singer Sargent in Boston, his first working trip to America. In 1888 Bunker undertook many portrait commissions of important Bostonian's. Bunker spent the summer in Calcot, England, where he joined Sargent and his family.
During the spring of 1889 Bunker resigned from the Cowles Art School. At a gathering, he met Eleanor Hardy, whom he would wed the following year. While studying in Paris, Bunker's summer excursions to the countryside resulted in another series, this time of scenes of Larmor, a town in Brittany.
Bunker spent the summer of 1888 painting with Sargent, once back in Boston the experience came to fruition, for over the next two years Dennis Miller Bunker produced a series of canvases which showed that he was one of the first American artists to understand and practice Impressionism.
In 1890 Dennis Miller Bunker first exhibited his impressionist landscapes. He received an offer to teach at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and planned to take over William Merritt Chase's class in Brooklyn that winter. On October 2, Bunker married Eleanor Hardy in Boston. The couple then moved to New York. Returning to Boston to celebrate Christmas with the Hardy family, Bunker fell ill. On December 28 he died of heart failure, he was 29.
Art Movement: Impressionism.
Artists Influencing Dennis Miller Bunker: Jean-Léon Gérôme.
He Traveled To France, England.
Painters Dennis Miller Bunker Influenced: William McGregor Paxton, Lilla Cabot Perry.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.