Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Frederick McDuff’s interest in painting led him to New York City in the 1950’s. He studied briefly at the Art Students League but found his greatest inspiration in museum masters as Corot and Pissarro. In the early 1960’s he left New York for Washington, D.C. In the 1970’s he encountered the abstract painters, for whom he had previously had little interest, and from there he learned to impart a greater clarity and purity to his work.
McDuff is a contemporary Impressionist in the highest tradition. Nature, therefore, plays an important role in what he expresses. Beach scenes and landscapes bathed in a delicate light and stilled by an ethereal calmness are among the subjects that are winning this Washington, D.C. based painter recognition in American and European art circles. A romanticist, McDuff takes us to far away places in time and space. His is a world devoid of harsh realities, a serene place where gentility is the essence of gracious living. With astonishing lucidity, McDuff orchestrates charming tableaus which take us on excursions into a realm of remembrances of things past.
One-artist exhibitions have led prestigious collectors to acquire works by Frederick McDuff. His works have gained attention in the United States and Europe.