Guy Pène du Bois
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries
The bold, open pose of the woman in Evening indicates that she is actively encouraging her partner’s attention. In contrast, the confidence man, or con man, in the adjacent painting stands aggressively near his female companion. His almost threatening stance and her downcast face suggest that he is not to be trusted.
Despite the physical closeness of these two sets of figures, their faces are inscrutable and the nature of their interactions remains ambiguous. Guy Pène du Bois frequently painted stiff figures with masklike faces, suggesting social alienation beneath the glitter and gloss of the party scene.
Oil on canvas
21 15/16 x 18 3/8 in. (55.7 x 46.7 cm)
Frame: 28 x 24 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. (71.1 x 61.6 x 7 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated, lower left: "Guy Pene du Bois '29"
Gift of Daniel and Rita Fraad, Jr.
© courtesy estate of Yvonne Pene du Bois McKenney and Graham Gallery, New York
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Guy Pène du Bois (American, 1884-1958). Evening, 1929. Oil on canvas, 21 15/16 x 18 3/8 in. (55.7 x 46.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Daniel and Rita Fraad, Jr., 65.204.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 65.204.2_SL1.jpg)
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