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Thomas Wilmer Dewing, American, (1851–1938)
Standing Figure, 1926
Pastel on Paper
14 1/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (35.88 cm. x 27.62 cm.)


Object Type: Drawing
Technique: Drawing
Creation Place: North America, USA
Credit Line: Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Accession Number: 0063


Medium
Chalk pastel on brown paper.

Object Description
According to Susan A. Hobbs, author of "The Art of Thomas Wilmer Dewing: Beauty Reconfigured", in the early 1920’s Thomas Dewing acquired a beautiful wedding dress with a long, ornate train, fashioned out of heavy satin, which he used throughout the decade as a prop. In Standing Woman, he eliminated the lower portions of the flowing garment, focusing instead upon the face of the model. She turns and looks upward with an animated and piquant expression that is unusual in Dewing’s pastel work.

Thomas Dewing’s works on paper are almost all executed in pastel, a medium he undertook seriously during the early 1890s. Generally, he used a more finely textured paper and carefully modeled the illuminated areas of his diaphanous images so that the subjects seem to emerge from the shadow into light. He taught at the Art Students’ League from 1881-88, and was a founding member of “The Ten” in 1898. Dewing was known as a painter of women in interiors and of landscapes, and was highly influenced both by James Whistler and Japanese art.

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