A Lady Playing the Violoncello

Maker(s)
Artist: Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938)
Historical period(s)
ca. 1908
Medium
Oil on wood panel
Dimensions
H x W: 60.8 x 50.3 cm (23 15/16 x 19 13/16 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1909.1a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Oil painting

Keywords
cello, music, United States, woman
Provenance

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938) on January 4, 1909 [1]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file.

[2] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Thomas Wilmer Dewing (C.L. Freer source) 1851-1938
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

After the turn of the century, Dewing developed a theme he would render in endless variations: a woman alone in a quiet, uncluttered room. Like James McNeill Whistler, Dewing selected a color scheme for each painting and carefully arranged the elements of the composition to create a contemplative mood. To emphasize the formal qualities of the paintings, he gave them titles that refer to the aestheic props in the pictures--yellow tulips, a mirror, a carnation--as often as to the figures, who might otherwise be considered the subject. Dewing's women sometimes appear disengaged from their pursuits, apparently bored with their lives of leisure. The painting themselves became symbols of affluence in America's gilded age.

Published References
  • et al. Ten American Painters. Exh. cat. New York, May 8 - June 9, 1990. fig. 59.
  • Christian Brinton. Masterpieces of American Painting: A Selection of Photogravures after Paintings Exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, Berlin, 1910. Exh. cat. New York. pl. 17.
  • Burns A. Stubbs. Paintings, Pastels, Drawings, Prints, and Copper Plates by and Attributed to American and European Artists, Together with a List of Original Whistleriana, in the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 1, no. 2, 2nd edition. Washington, 1967. pl. 2.
  • Konigliche Akademie der Kunste. Ausstellung amerikanischer Kunst, Marz-April 1910: zweite revidierte Auflage. Berlin. pp. 9, 85.
  • Helen W. Henderson. The Art Treasures of Washington: An Account of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and of the National Gallery and Museum, with Descriptions and Criticisms of their Contents. The Art Galleries of America series Boston. p. 258.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
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