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Untitled (Interior View)

n.d. Walter Gay Born: Hingham, Massachusetts 1856 Died: Breau, France 1937 oil on paperboard 18 x 14 7/8 in. (45.6 x 37.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Harper Fletcher in memory of Mr. and Mrs. James Wolcott Wadsworth 1971.283 Not currently on view


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This painting shows the interior of Mrs. George R. Fearing’s apartment in a Paris hotel. Mrs. Fearing was an American who shared Walter Gay’s interest in French decorative arts. In this painting, eighteenth-century tapestries hang on either side of the double doors with Louis XV tapestry-covered chairs underneath. Gay once said, “I had a sentiment for the past; it meant much to me . . . I was searching for the spirit of empty rooms---interiors.” (Walter Gay: A Retrospective, Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York, 1980)

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Architecture Interior - domestic

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Object - furniture - chair

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About Walter Gay

Born: Hingham, Massachusetts 1856 Died: Breau, France 1937

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