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Maria Oakey Dewing
Garden in May
1895
oil
23 5/8 x 32 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly



Maria Oakey Dewing, the wife of painter Thomas Wilmer Dewing, loved cultivating flowers, and she often painted floral scenes from the perspective of a kneeling gardener. The artist successfully combined her horticultural interest with a poetic sensitivity to capture the freshness and vitality of flowers. Garden in May was painted outdoors near Dewing's summer home in the artists' colony at Cornish, New Hampshire.