|Harvey Dunn became one of the most successful and respected artist-illustrators in the United States during the period 1906 – 1939, and is generally identified as being a member of the Pyle Circle of artist-illustrators along with N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover and others.
Dunn was one of eight leading American artists chosen to document the American Expeditionary Forces’ campaign in Europe, and recorded the action at Seishprey, Cunel, at Pannes in the St. Mihiel salient, in the Argonne Forest and along the Marne River. <p>Harvey Dunn was the teacher of such prominent American artist as Arthur Mitchell, Grant Reynard, John Clymer, Harold von Schmidt and Albin Henning. <p>Beginning in 1924, Dunn began a series of paintings now commonly known as the Prairie Pioneer Series. They document life in the Dakotas during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These and the other 3,000 works that he accomplished during his life are in major, public, and private collections, including the South Dakota Memorial Art Center, Friends of the Middle Border Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Delaware Art Museum, Cowboy Hall of Fame, Brandywine River Museum, West Point Museum and many others. <p>Harvey Thomas Dunn was born on the South Dakota prairie in 1884, on a homestead bordering a bison run near Manchester. He grew up on the frontier, attended a one-room school and lived the life of a plainsman of the time – much drudgery and work, lightened by moments of simple pleasure and unforgettable beauty. <p>Dunn attended the nearby South Dakota Agricultural College (now South Dakota State University in Brookings) for two years and it was there that he received his first formal training in art. <p>Dunn is the author of a book on teaching and philosophy, “An Evening In the Classroom,” based upon his talks with students at the Grand Central School. <p>
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