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Woman on Sofa

Guy Pène du Bois

American Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries, 5th Floor
The modish hairstyle, form-fitting dress, and brazenly casual pose help to identify this sitter as a flapper—the name given to liberated young American women during the Roaring Twenties.

Guy Pène du Bois is said to have found his inspiration for this painting in the work of another chronicler of the era, F. Scott Fitzgerald. The writer’s 1922 short story “Gretchen’s Forty Winks” featured the character Gretchen Halsey, “a bright-colored, Titian-haired girl, vivid as a French rag doll.”
MEDIUM Oil on panel
DATES ca. 1922-1927
DIMENSIONS 26 x 31 in. (66 x 78.7 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower left: Guy Pene du Bois 27
COLLECTIONS American Art
ACCESSION NUMBER 63.148.1
CREDIT LINE Gift of Chester Dale
RIGHTS STATEMENT © courtesy estate of Yvonne Pene du Bois McKenney and Graham Gallery, New York
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CAPTION Guy Pène du Bois (American, 1884-1958). Woman on Sofa, ca. 1922-1927. Oil on panel, 26 x 31 in. (66 x 78.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Chester Dale, 63.148.1. © courtesy estate of Yvonne Pene du Bois McKenney and Graham Gallery, New York
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