Image: Black And Gold
(Boston, Massachusetts, 1851 - 1938, New York, New York)

Black And Gold , c. 1917

Oil on canvas
24 1/4 in. x 18 1/4 in. (61.6 cm x 46.36 cm)
Bequest of Edwin C. Shaw
1955.21
with gilt plaster and wood frame
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.”
  
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