Young Girl Seated

  • Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Young Girl Seated, 1896, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.42

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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)

Title
Young Girl Seated
Artist
Date
1896
On View
Dimensions
20 1/8 x 16 1/8 in. (51.1 x 40.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – unidentified – knee length
Object Number
1929.6.42
Palette
Linked Open Data
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