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Lady in Gold

Thomas Wilmer Dewing

American Art

On View: Screens facing Great Hall
Thomas Wilmer Dewing’s paintings often possess an aura of mystery. It is as if the artist defies us to imagine who the women are and why they seem so otherworldly. The thick, almost hothouse atmosphere in which this woman sits seems suffocating, and her half-closed eyes suggest that she is in a trancelike state. These qualities have led some feminist interpreters to conclude that Dewing portrayed women as beautiful symbols of an aesthetically oriented inner life that was separate from the world of commerce and social interaction.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES ca. 1912
DIMENSIONS 24 x 18 1/16 in. (60.9 x 45.8 cm) frame: 37 5/8 x 31 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (95.6 x 80.6 x 9.5 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "T W Dewing"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Screens facing Great Hall
CREDIT LINE Contemporary Picture Purchase Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Thomas Wilmer Dewing (American, 1851-1938). Lady in Gold, ca. 1912. Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 1/16 in. (60.9 x 45.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Contemporary Picture Purchase Fund, 15.322
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