The Garland

Maker(s)
Artist: Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938)
Historical period(s)
ca. 1916
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
H x W: 63.7 x 48.4 cm (25 1/16 x 19 1/16 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1916.360a
On View Location
Freer Gallery 10: Dewing’s Poetic World
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Oil painting

Keywords
interior, model, United States, woman
Provenance

From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Thomas Wilmer Dewing in 1916 [1]

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

Notes:

[1] Purchased from T.W. Dewing in July 1916 (see Curatorial Remark 3, Linda Merrill, March 29, 1993, in the object record.)

[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 aesthetic props in the pictures--like the tiny floral wreath the model holds here--as often as to the figures, who might otherwise be considered the subject. The model depicted here is Gertrude McNeill, who gave up modeling in 1917 for a career in Hollywood as a silent film star.

Published References
  • Mary Ellen Hayward. The Influence of the Classical Oriental Tradition. vol. 14, no. 2 Chicago, Summer 1979. p. 130, fig. 24.
  • Martha Banta. Imaging American Women: Ideas and Ideals in Cultural History. New York, 1987. p. 346, fig. 8.3.
  • Sarah Lea Burns. The Poetic Mode in American Paintings: George Fuller and Thomas Dewing. Ann Arbor, 1983. p. 420, fig. 46.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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