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Study for "Evening"

1883 Kenyon Cox Born: Warren, Ohio 1856 Died: New York, New York 1919 oil on canvas 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Ambrose Lansing 1983.114.6 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Kenyon Cox used a dark-haired, voluptuous woman to symbolize Evening in this study for a lost easel painting. When he painted it, Cox was teaching at the prestigious National Academy of Design in New York, which was known for its conservative academic training. He advocated the importance of drawing to his students and even created a seal bearing the motto “Nulle Dies Sine Linea” (No Day without a Drawn Line). (Morgan, Kenyon Cox, 1856-1919: A Life in American Art, 1994)

Keywords

Allegory - time - evening

Figure female - full length

Figure female - nude

Landscape - time - evening

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painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas