Thomas Wilmer Dewing
Influenced by the works of James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Wilmer Dewing gravitated to the pastel medium for its evocative qualities, which were well suited to the pale, introspective female subjects he favored. Dewing adopted Whistler’s preference for assertively dark papers, but he far exceeded Whistler in his exploitation of the medium’s veil-like effects to evoke a sense of vagueness and immateriality.
Pastel on brown wove paper, mounted overall to pulpboard
10 7/16 x 7 1/16 in. (26.5 x 17.9 cm)
frame: 20 1/8 × 15 1/16 × 1 3/4 in. (51.1 × 38.3 × 4.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "T Dewing"
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938). Unknown Woman, ca. 1890. Pastel on brown wove paper, mounted overall to pulpboard, 10 7/16 x 7 1/16 in. (26.5 x 17.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 59.208 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 59.208_SL3.jpg)
overall, 59.208_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2017
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