Edward Dufner was born in Buffalo, New York in 1871. He was a painter and watercolorist of landscapes, portraits and figurative works. He was also a master teacher.
He began his artistic education at the Buffalo Arts Student League and at the Art Students League in NYC with George Brandt Bridgman and Monbray. He also studied with Jean-Paul Laurens at the Academie Julian in Paris, France as well as with Whistler in Italy.
Dufner exhibited quite successfully during his lifetime and garnered numerous prizes and awards, including:
Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, 1893 (prize)
The Paris Salon, Paris, France, 1899 (prize)
Pan-American Expo, 1901 (prize)
PA Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1902-1925 (prize, 1824)
St. Louis Expo, 1904 (prize)
Corcoran Galleries, Washington D.C., 1907-1916
American Watercolor Society, NYC, 1909 (prize)
Brooklyn Academy of Art, 1912
Peabody Institute, 1921 (prize)
National Academy of Design & Art, NYC
Salmagundi Club, NYC
National Arts Club, NYC
The American Art Association of Paris, 1900 (First Wanamaker prize)
He was a member of many prominent art associations, including being made an associate member (ANA) of the National Academy of Design & Arts in 1910 and a full member (NA) in 1929. Dufner was also a member of the New York Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, the Salmagundi Club, the American Art Association of Paris, and the National Arts Club.
He lived in Buffalo from 1903 to 1907, New York City from 1908 to 1925, and then settled in Short Hills, New Jersey. He studied and traveled abroad in Europe for five years, from 1989 to 1903.
Dufner was an instructor of portrait and still life paintings at the Arts Student League of Buffalo (1903-1907), the Arts Student League of NYC (1908-1917) and at the Peabody Institute (1920).
He died in New Jersey in 1957.
Today, Dufner’s works can be found in prominent private and public collections, including: the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Brooklyn Institute of Arts & Sciences, the Milwaukee Art Society, the Lotos Club, the Forth Worth Museum of Art, the National Academy of Art & Design, and the Montclair Art Museum.