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Women in Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938)

Women in Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistComedian, 1894

Women in Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistThe Spinet, 1902

"Some hundreds of years hence the historian of our time may be puzzled by Mr. Dewing's treatment of our life, and wonder if the ladies of the day usually sat in such bare rooms or wore low-cut dresses in the daytime; but what does it matter? It is a fantasy, but what a delicate one!" (Kenyon Cox (1856-1919) American Painter)

"In some of his methods Dewing is a modernist, yet in his choice of models and point of view he stands alone, combining the romantic and classic tradition with up-to-date technique. In his work aristocracy of feeling and modernity are married," the critic Catherine Beach Ely wrote in 1922.
Dewing's women "...are not the restless women of today-aggressive efficiency is far from them; they can do nothing and do it beautifully..".

Women in Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistGossip, 1902


Born in Boston, Dewing studied at the Academie Julian in Paris in 1876-77 with the financial help of his brother Charles. Upon his return to Boston he taught at the school of the Museum of Fine Arts. In 1880, the artist moved to New York, where he lived more than 50 years. He married Maria Richards Oakey, a portrait and still life painter. Dewing made acquaintance with the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and the poet Emma Lazarus, he was a close friend of the architect Stanford White, who helped him sell his first tonalist painting, "The Days". With other fellow artists, he often spent summer in Cornish, New Hampshire.

Women in Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistIn the Garden, 1892

By 1890 Dewing had met his greatest patron, Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919) of Detroit, and with his financial assistance he took his wife and daughter, Elizabeth, abroad in October 1894. They lived in London, where Dewing worked periodically with James McNeill Whistler,
Dewing moved to Paris in April 1895, and for a few months he divided his time between Paris and Giverny.
He returned to America in July 1895 and opened a studio in New York and taught at the Art Student's League.
In 1888 he was elected full member of the National Academy of Design and in 1901 was awarded a gold medal at the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition.

Women in Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistBefore the Mirror, 1910

Women in Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistPortrait in Brown Dress, c.1908

Women in Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistThe Palm Leaf Fan, 1906

Women in Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistYoung Woman with Violincello 1912

Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistMusic, c.1895

Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistAfter Sunset

Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistAn Artist, 1916

Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistBefore Surise

Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistGirl with Lute, 1904

Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistIris

Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistLady with a Lute

Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistLady in White, c.1910

Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistMadelaine, 1890

Painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist Artist

Figurative Paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistPandora, 1910

Figurative Paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistPortrait of a Woman

Figurative Paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistSong, 1891

Figurative Paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistSpring

Figurative Paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistSpring, 1890

Figurative Paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistSpringtime

Figurative Paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistSummer, 1890

Figurative Paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistThe Fortune Teller, 1904

Figurative Paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistThe Lute, 1903

Figurative Paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing American Tonalist ArtistThe Piano, 1891

Figurative Paintings by American Tonalist Artist Thomas Wilmer DewingThe Recitation, detail, 1891

Figurative Paintings by American Tonalist Artist Thomas Wilmer Dewing1890

Figurative Paintings by American Tonalist Artist Thomas Wilmer DewingThe Days, detail

Figurative Paintings by American Tonalist Artist Thomas Wilmer DewingThe Necklace, c.1907

Figurative Paintings by American Tonalist Artist Thomas Wilmer DewingThe Garland, 1899

Figurative Paintings by American Tonalist Artist Thomas Wilmer DewingWoman in Black, Portrait of Maria Oakey Dewing

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