Dennis Miller Bunker USA

11-6-1861 New York, USA - 12-28-1890 Boston, USA

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Bunker, Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller Bunker in 1876 he enrolled at the Art Students League of New York and the National Academy of Design. By 1880 he was participating in the annual exhibitions of the National Academy.

In 1882 Bunker left New York to study at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, most notably with Jean-Léon Gérôme. In the spring of 1883, accompanied by fellow students Charles A. Platt and Kenneth R. Cranford, Bunker left Paris to travel through the French countryside and the coast of Normandy, returning to continue his studies.

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 chief instructor of 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.

Dennis Miller Bunker painted portraits during the winter of 1887, and spent the summer in Newburyport, Massachusetts with artist friends. In November he met John Singer Sargent in Boston, during the latter's first working trip to America. In 1888 Bunker undertook a number of portrait commissions of important Bostonians. Bunker spent the summer in England, where he joined Sargent and his family in Calcot, painting during the day and playing tennis in the evening.

During the spring of 1889 Bunker resigned from the Cowles Art School. At a reception he met Eleanor Hardy, whom he would marry 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.

By 1887 Bunker completed his Portrait of Anne Page, a painting requiring much labor, but one of his most poignant works.

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 evidenced that he was one of the first American artists to fully understand and successfully 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
Influences: Jean-Léon Gérôme
Traveled: France, England
Influenced: William McGregor Paxton, Lilla Cabot Perry
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