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Young Girl Seated

1896 Thomas Wilmer Dewing Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1851 Died: New York, New York 1938 oil on canvas 20 1/8 x 16 1/8 in. (51.1 x 40.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.42 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Thomas Wilmer Dewing painted many images of young, elegant women who gaze away from the viewer as if lost in thought. The delicate brushstrokes in this painting emphasize the soft, gauzy material of the girl’s dress, and her skin appears pale against the dark background, creating a sense of fragility and tenderness. Dewing was surrounded by strong women—his wife was an artist and suffragist and his daughter was “headstrong”—and his idyllic images of ladies at leisure suggest that he was responding to the changing role of women at the turn of the twentieth century. (Hobbs, Beauty Reconfigured, 1996)

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Portrait female - unidentified - knee length

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Thomas Wilmer Dewing

Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1851 Died: New York, New York 1938

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