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Thomas Wilmer Dewing

Black And Gold

(Boston, Massachusetts, 1851 - 1938)

c. 1917

Oil canvas

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Bequest of Edwin C. Shaw

1955.21

More Information

The sitter for this work was probably Gertrude MacNeill, a stage actress and one of Dewing’s favorite models. Dewing minimized details and developed subtle color harmonies to give this image an otherworldly quality. A friend of the artist observed that his paintings of women “are never portraits, but rather atmospheres created by Dewing…with all [parts] treated as of supreme importance—floors and walls seem as beautiful and painted with the same consideration as the chiffons of the gowns.”

Marks

signed in LR - "T. W. Dewing"

Keywords
Bowl
Figure
Bench
Table
American
Dress
Female
Painting