Standing Woman in a Black Gown

after 1909
(American, 1851–1938)
Sheet: 36.4 x 28.4 cm (14 5/16 x 11 3/16 in.)
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Location: not on view

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Inspired by an exhibition of James McNeill Whistler’s pastels at H. Wunderlich & Company in New York City in 1889, Dewing began making pastels the following year. Like Whistler, he used a small format to portray isolated, highly aestheticized young women in interiors without dramatic context. Ultimately, Dewing made more than 200 pastels, works of art in and of themselves, unrelated to his oil paintings. The figure here, wearing a midnight-blue gown, is diaphanous, opalescent, almost dreamlike in her insubstantiality.
Standing Woman in a Black Gown

Standing Woman in a Black Gown

after 1909

Thomas Wilmer Dewing

(American, 1851–1938)
America, 19th Century-early 20th Century

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