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Shovel Hats

1923 Guy Pene du Bois Born: Brooklyn, New York 1884 Died: Boston, Massachusetts 1958 oil on plywood 20 x 14 3/4 in. (50.7 x 37.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.27 Not currently on view


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Pène du Bois made his artistic debut at the 1905 Paris Salon but returned to New York in 1906. He took a job at the New York American and for the next fifteen years worked as both a painter and an art critic. By the 1920s, Pène du Bois was well known for ironic paintings of what he called the “symbols of sophistication.” His depictions of affluent society enjoying leisure moments---at the race track and in restaurants and night clubs---often caricature the vacuity of their fascination with style.


Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014

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Cityscape

Dress - accessory - hat

Figure group

painting

paint - oil

wood - plywood

About Guy Pene du Bois

Born: Brooklyn, New York 1884 Died: Boston, Massachusetts 1958

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