"1879 - Bay of Fundy"
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A prolific landscape and seascape painter, Henry A. Duessel was born probably in Germany, and soon made his way to New York. He is listed in directories during the 1880s and 1890s as an artist, maintaining a studio first at 251 Avenue A, and later at 79 Cortlandt Street.
Duessel lived in Manhattan for much of his career, but also appears to have lived in Mount Vernon, Westchester County, during the 1890s. At the turn of the 20th century he and his wife, Alice, were living on west 24th Street and by 1910 were living on 7th Avenue.
As an artist, he was known for large, panoramic landscapes and maritime works. Whether painting sunlight or moonlight, many of his paintings concentrate on luminosity, with the light shimmering on the earth or water below.
During the 2nd decade of the 20th century his paintings were primarily carried by the fine art departments of Abraham & Strauss in Manhattan and Frederick A. Loeser & Company, located in Brooklyn. In their advertisements Loeser’s noted that the paintings they carried “…were executed expressly for us by H. A. Duessel, a New York artist, who has won quite a reputation with his woodland and sunset subjects.” Duessel’s paintings were also widely reproduced on postcards and as prints and lithographs.
He died in the Bronx, New York on the 6th of January 1919 at the age of sixty. His burial location is unknown. Following his death, his estate continued to market his paintings through Frederick A. Loeser & Company who advertised in 1920 “40 Paintings by the late Harry A. Duessel Offered at Very Special Prices.”