Alma

  • Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Alma, ca. 1895-1900, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.35

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Thomas Wilmer Dewing fancied intellectual, witty women and once wrote that all he ever required of his models was that they have “brains”; his wife, Maria, believed his favorite types of women possessed a “delicacy of form” that amplified their spirituality and intellect. Alma Allen was one such model, and in this portrait Dewing emphasized these traits by focusing on her long neck and pensive expression, rather than the curves of her body or the texture of her dress. (Pyne, Art and the Higher Life: Painting and Evolutionary Thought in Nineteenth-century America, 1996)

Title
Alma
Artists
Date
ca. 1895-1900
On View
Dimensions
20 x 15 5/8 in. (50.7 x 39.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Allen, Alma – waist length
Object Number
1929.6.35
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