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.
- Artist: Thomas Wilmer Dewing, American, 1851-1938
- Medium: Pastel on brown wove paper, mounted overall to pulpboard
- Dates: ca. 1890
- Dimensions: 10 7/16 x 7 1/16 in. (26.5 x 17.9 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower left: "T Dewing"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 59.208
- Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: 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
- Record Completeness: Best (87%)